Space travel agents: Ex-NASA execs to sell $1.5 bn trips to Moon
- Malaysia Airlines plane with 5 Indians onboard missing, presumed crashed off Vietnam coast
- Yeddyurappa among 52 Bharatiya Janata Party candidates for Lok Sabha polls
- No compromise with live-ins or gay rights, moral values supreme: RSS
- In Mumbai, new warship system malfunctions, Navy officer killed
- RSP quits LDF, to go alone in Lok Sabha elections
A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon, priced at whopping 1.5 billion dollars.
The newly formed business is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige.
NASA's last trip to the moon was 40 years ago, and the United States was the only country that landed people there, beating the Soviet Union in a space race to the moon that transfixed the world. President Barack Obama also cancelled NASA's planned return to the moon, saying America had already been there, Fox News reports.
However, according to the report, the firm has talked to other countries like South Africa, South Korea, and Japan, revealed former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern, who is president of the new Golden Spike Company.
"It's not about being first. It's about joining the club. We''re kind of cleaning up what NASA did in the 1960s. We''re going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s," Stern said.
Stern said he''s aiming for a first launch before the end of the decade and then up 15 or 20 launches total, the report said.
Dozens of private space companies have started up recently, but few if any will make it -- just like in other fields -- said Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell, who tracks launches worldwide, it added.
- Chai pe Charcha gets police protection, EC officials to check on poll norm violation
- Complaint against Kejriwal: Kutch cops gather evidence
- AAP chief to hold first public meeting in Gujarat today
- Nominations for North Bangalore primary begin
- ‘Our campaigning in the state will be out of the box’
- ‘Aai Retire Hotey’ to take the stage for 100th time today