100 Million Pounds Now Takes You to Moon
Now all it requires is 100 million pounds to visit the moon. After Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the British space company 'Excalibur Almaz' that is based on the Isle of Man, provides the tourists a chance to visit the moon provided they can fund the mission that is worth 100 million pound.
Till date the space enthusiast were limited only to the International Space Station, but this Space company that was founded in the year 2005 plans for something big. The flight would last for four months and fly past the moon at a distance of 1000 km.
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According to sources, the founder of Excalibur Almaz, Art Dula announced in a speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London about their plan to carry out the first test flight in 2014 and the first civilian voyage a year later. He said, "This is not space tourism, it is real scientific expedition - they would go further than anybody has gone before in space. We want to have the same kind of tradition that Britain had in the 16th and 17th centuries when its explorers went to the ends of the earth seeking knowledge and information and bringing back wealth. I don't know how much wealth they will bring back, but the first person to fly it will earn a place in the history books."
The company reported that the crew members would number upto 3 per shuttle; spend a year in training before launching the shuttle. The shuttle will be launched from a base in Kazakstan and docking with a space station which would use thrusters to ferry passengers through space.
The crew can then carry out any scientific experiments from the space stations using equipped ferried with them on the shuttle and later mission could orbit the moon.