Of course, not everybody was keen on relocating from Planet Earth. Many would rather survey the solar system for a couple of weeks before heading home. More than 15 years before Apollo 11 completed its mission, 24,000 people had already signed up at New York's Hayden Planetarium for an interplanetary tour. We even provided a cut-out card for readers interested in a luxury flight to the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn. The stay on the Moon would be one lunar day, or about two weeks of Earth time. At 80 Fahrenheit, Mars would be a summer destination, while Venus "would be the complete surprise-package tour," as people did not know what kind of secrets the planet held. Applicants ranged from an 85 year-old man with high hopes and to a New York fur trapper who wanted to establish a fur-trapping business on various planets.
Read the full story in "The Line Forms Here For Trip to the Moon"