In no way shape or form do I want to be on one of the first commercial trips to space, but I think it would be fun to eventually take the “Round The Moon Tour” with ‘Space-Co. Tours’ or similarly named company.
By the time I get to space, I imagine it will be at “Map to the Stars” level, complete with fly bys of ‘Celebrity Space Retreats’ where A-listers spend time enjoying the benefits of ‘Weightless Recharge.’ There will also be a stop at “The Dark Side of the Moon Café & Gift Shop” where we can buy ‘Pet Moon Rocks’ and Pink Floyd memorabilia. Top it all off with a tour of “The Cheese District” (a la Wallace and Gromit) where all the finest moon cheese artisans display their offerings.
Until that time, they’re working on just sending people with a lot of money around the moon – in the next 12-18 months.
“Comparable” is the word Elon Musk, of SpaceX, uses when talking about the price of sending to non-NASA astronauts around the moon. Two paying customers have approached Space X, they’ve left a “significant deposit”, and will be passengers on a private mission – with a projected launch date in mid-2018.
The cost for a ticket to the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA, is about $80 million.
Musk says that regardless of whether or not they actually send people around the moon in 2018, it’s “going to be the big year for carrying people.” The plans to carry NASA astronauts are well underway, but Musk says the commercialization of space travel will be a “significant driver of revenue” for SpaceX moving forward. You can read more about the mission here.
Or just enjoy Wallace and Gromit.