Sunday, May 01, 2011

Got a spare 150 million? Have I got a deal for you!

Here is something I found in Dvice that has been making its rounds in the blogosphere: If you can raise 150 million dollars, you can buy one of the two space tourist seats on a trip to the Moon and around it. The craft will be a "lunar rated" Russian Soyuz spacecraft that carries three. The third seat is reserved for Russian cosmonaut.

Seems like a lot of money, but when you consider that NASA spent about the same amount (300 mill) for Apollo 8, it really isn't such a bad deal, considering that NASA would spend in the billions now to do the same job, it is even a much better deal. Plus you become part of a very elite group of people. Only 24 others have circled the Moon in the past!

Here is the mission plan according to Dvice:
  • After launching from Russia, your Soyuz capsule will rendezvous and dock with a waiting booster rocket, which will power you into a free-return trajectory around the moon and back. After a two day journey, the capsule will circle the moon once, viewing the dark side from a mere 62 miles up. (Returning to Earth) you can expect to land somewhere in Siberia a few days later.

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