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Will You Pay $150 Million for Vacation to the Moon?

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Image credit: NASA/JPL.

If you are fed up with vacations in a traditional sense, such as going on a cruise to the Bahamas or Cozumel, Mexico, now you will have a totally new travel option. The company Space Adventures is planning to organize a trip around the moon, which could be possibly realized at the beginning of 2017.

Although this trip will cost each traveler $150 million each, the first two customers have already bought their tickets. Whether these two customers would go together or they would decide who would be the first one to go between them is not decided yet, perhaps an epic rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock showdown will be in order for the final selection.

Though few people are rich enough to afford such a trip, every penny they pay could be worthwhile, because there are just 18 people who were able to see the moon so closely in their personal way. Since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972 nobody from the earth had gone such mission yet.

Within a modified Soyuz rocket launched from Russia, the tourist and the cosmonaut pilot will take a trip around the moon after a pit stop at the International Space Station.

It is hoped that the rockets launched will be modified to allow traveler to have a more comfortable trip, because it will be a commercial vacation rather than a scientific mission, so that comfort comes first will sound more reasonable.

The length of trips will be nearly 17 days, half of which will be used to fly to the moon. According to Eric Anderson, CEO of Space Adventures, his company will try to bring the spacecraft within 100 kilometers of the lunar surface to give travelers close view of the moon as much as possible.

Before any manned trips to the moon take place, unmanned tests will be done in order to ensure that the equipment is suited for the trip. If successful, we can only hope that others will get into the commercial space travel market to help drive down the cost. At least then people would be filling our Facebook feeds with vacation pictures we actually want to see.

Source: Discovery