Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Space Travel News .




SPACE TRAVEL
Moon to see first tourists by 2017, single roundtrip ticket costs $150 mln
by Olga Yazhgunovich
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Jun 24, 2014


File image.

The moon will welcome its first tourists as early as 2017, Space Adventures, a US-based space tourism company, said Wednesday. According to Space Adventures' head Tom Shelley, two brave folks have agreed to spend a fortune on the tickets, the MIT Technological Review reported.

The company did not disclose the customers' names. The two will pay 150 million dollars each for a one-day tour around the ISS on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft monitored by professional cosmonauts.

The package also includes training in the Mission Control Center in Russia's Star City, where all cosmonauts are preparing for their missions and a 17-day flight to the moon and back. This is a unique chance to join the team of 18 moon-conquerors (all them of them are male Apollo astronauts) who landed on the moon as part of six missions from July 1969 to December 1972.

Space Adventures has sold tickets to eight so-called space tourists since 2001 but those were trips from orbiting the earth to docking with the International Space Station.

Space Adventures describes the mission as the good old deep space exploration, as no human has left low earth orbit since the Apollo 17 mission of 1972, which was NASA's final flight to the moon.

"Mankind can only progress to become a space faring race by taking the small steps necessary to reduce the costs of access to space. This mission will be one of those small, but very significant steps," Space Adventures said on its website.

The planned mission is also significant for the Russian space program because the Soyuz vehicle, which was designed for a Soviet mission to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has never flown beyond low earth orbit.

"We are carefully working with our partners from Space Adventures. We are exploring all possible avenues of cooperation with them, and we can do this - circle the moon in 2017 to 2018 on Soyuz. Technically it is possible," Vitaly Lopota, CEO of Energia company, which makes the Soyuz craft told Interfax on Monday.

According to Moscow Times, NASA currently buys rides to the International Space Station for its astronauts $76 million a seat, according to the most recent contract signed between the US space agency and its Russian counterpart.

Space Adventures is currently arranging a flight for British singer Sarah Brightman that is scheduled for 2015.

Source: Voice Of Russia

.


Related Links
Space Adventures
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SPACE TRAVEL
Wealthy Chinese buy space flight tickets: report
Beijing (AFP) June 13, 2014
More than 300 Chinese space enthusiasts have booked tickets costing nearly $100,000 for a five minute trip to outer space, official media reported Friday. The 305 buyers snapped up tickets for a trip with Dutch firm Space Expedition Corp (SXC) when they went on sale on Taobao, an online retail website, the state-run China Daily reported. The trips will take place in a two-man craft that ... read more


SPACE TRAVEL
SpaceX to launch six satellites all at once

Arianespace A World Leader In The Satellite Launch Market

Airbus Group and Safran To Join Forces in Launcher Activities

European satellite chief says industry faces challenges

SPACE TRAVEL
Curiosity celebrates one-year Martian anniversary

Aluminum-Bearing Site on Mars Draws NASA Visitor

Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year with Mission Successes

NASA Invites Comment on Mars 2020 Environmental Impact Statement

SPACE TRAVEL
NASA LRO's Moon As Art Collection Is Revealed

Solar photons drive water off the moon

55-year old dark side of the moon mystery solved

New evidence supporting moon formation via collision of 2 planets

SPACE TRAVEL
What If Voyager Had Explored Pluto?

The PI's Perspective - Childhood's End

Final Pre-Pluto Annual Checkout Begins

Hubble Begins Search Beyond Pluto For Potential Flyby Targets

SPACE TRAVEL
Mega-Earth in Draco Smashes Notions of Planetary Formation

Kepler space telescope ready to start new hunt for exoplanets

Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

Two planets orbit nearby ancient star

SPACE TRAVEL
US firm scrambles to replace Russian-made engine for Atlas rockets

Bringing back our spaceplane

Companies to merge expertise for space program products

ULA Signs Multiple Contracts for Next-Gen Propulsion Work

SPACE TRAVEL
Chinese lunar rover alive but weak

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover 'alive but struggling'

Chinese space team survives on worm diet for 105 days

Moon rover Yutu comes closer to public

SPACE TRAVEL
Rosetta's comet: expect the unexpected

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet

NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.