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Moon Trips Offered By Former Nasa Team

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Moon Trips Offered By Former Nasa Team



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Former Nasa executives are launching a private firm to send people to the Moon – if they can afford the astronomical price.
For \$1.5bn (£933m), the Golden Spike Company is offering trips for two people, either to individuals or to countries, for research or national prestige.
The goal is for the first of up to 20 launches to take off before 2020.
Nasa's last trip to the Moon was 40 years ago, and in the in the decades since the US won the so-called "space race" with the former Soviet Union there has been little official interest in going back there.
President Barack Obama cancelled Nasa's planned return to the Moon, saying, in effect, that America had been there, done that.
But Golden Spike has talked to other countries that have shown interest in the destination, said the company's president and former Nasa associate administrator Alan Stern.
He said he imagines countries like South Africa, South Korea and Japan as his clients.
"It's not about being first. It's about joining the club," he said.
He added: "We're kind of cleaning up what Nasa did in the 1960s. We're going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s."
The company will buy existing rockets and capsules and develop new space suits and a lunar lander, he said.
Dozens of private space companies have started up in recent years.
Many hope to follow the success of Space X, which is operating under a contract with Nasa to ferry cargo to the International Space Station.
Golden Spike is made up of space veterans and its chairman is Apollo-era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed up the Johnson Space Centre.
Advisors include space shuttle veterans, Hollywood directors, former Republican presidential primary contender Newt Gingrich, former UN ambassador Bill Richardson and engineer-author Homer Hickam.
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Mars One finds more than 1,000 volunteers for one-way trip to planet in 2023

The Mars One organisation has revealed details of its plans to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, with four additional 'crew' arriving every two years.

By Rob Waugh | Yahoo! News – Tue, Dec 4, 2012




  • Yahoo! News - The mission to Mars will be one-way, but the organisation already has 1,000 volunteers (Image: Mars One)


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The Mars One organisation has revealed details of its plans to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, with four additional 'crew' arriving every two years.

The organisation said that it had had more than 1,000 volunteers for the mission, who emailed in via the foundation's website.

Selection of the astronauts will begin next year, the Dutch organisation says.

The trip to the planned 'colony' would be one-way - and the astronaut volunteers will live and die on Mars.

Mars One aims to finance a mission to Mars via donations from corporations, people - and by creating a reality show-style 'media event' around the training and selection of its astronauts.


The Dutch company is backed by Nobel prize winning physicist, Gerard 't Hooft - and by Paul Romer, co-creator of Big Brother.

Mars One also announced that it had become a not-for-profit foundation.

"With more than 850,000 unique visitors to the website, Mars One has received thousands of emails," the Dutch company said in an email today.

"Among those emails were more than one thousand requests from individuals who desire to go to Mars--well before the launch of the Astronaut Selection Program. Furthermore, Mars One is supported by a large groups of advisers and ambassadors, among them an astronaut, a Nobel prize winning physicist and several NASA scientists."

Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and President of Mars-One offers, “A foundation more accurately represents how the Mars One team feels about this mission, and how the world has embraced our plan, even in this early stage.

"We receive so many kind and supportive emails, people offer donations or offer to helpin whatever way they can. The conversion to a foundation represents that going to Mars is something we do as a united world.”

In the first half of 2013 Mars One will launch the Astronaut Selection Program, a search to find the best candidates for the 'next giant leap of mankind'. The search will be global, open to every person from every nation. As a Foundation, Mars One will be the owner of the human outpost on Mars, the simulation bases on Earth, and the employer of the astronauts, both in training here on Earth, and those on Mars.

Arno Wielders, co-founder and technical director of Mars One: “Sending humans to Mars has been my dream for twenty years. Evidently, I am not alone--we have received emails from over fifty countries."

"People in thirty seven countries have purchased our merchandise, demonstrating their support for Mars One. Regardless of their background, people are positive about this optimistic event that we believe will bring people of Earth a little bit closer together.”
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