Space & Astronomy
Company offers $1.5 billion Moon trips
By T.K. Randall
December 10, 2012 · 12 comments
Image Credit: NASA
A new company headed by two ex-NASA officials hopes to provide flights before the decade is out.
Talk of a manned Moon mission has intensified lately with space agencies and private companies vying to become the first to land a human on the lunar surface since the last Apollo mission in 1972. The Golden Spike Company is the latest business to enter the fray, offering trips to the Moon for the grand total of $1.5 billion, a fraction of the cost usually associated with such a mission.
Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin and NASA's former science chief Alan Stern are the masterminds behind the endeavor. The aim will be to cut costs by "capitalizing on available rockets and emerging commercial-crew spacecraft."
Two former top NASA officials unveiled plans Thursday to sell manned flights to the moon by the end of the decade, in an announcement 40 years after the last human set foot there.
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