Only 24 people in history have been able to journey to the moon. One space travel company wants to change that.
Space Adventures, a Virginia-based space and aeronautics company, is planning to offer a trip to the moon for normal people like you and me, as long as you can afford it.
The company will offer a “circumlunar mission” where two passengers and one professional cosmonaut will travel around the moon, but not directly to the surface. The journey will bring people within 100 km of the moon’s surface, which hasn’t been done since 1972 according to the company.
“If you chose to join this circumlunar mission you will see the illuminated far-side of the Moon, and then witness the amazing sight of the Earth rising above the surface of the Moon,” the company says on their website.
The trip will start with travelers taking a rocket to the International Space Station. They will spend 10 days there to get used to the conditions of space. After that, they’ll take a second rocket with a lunar module that will take them to see the moon, before returning back to earth. The whole journey will take just over two weeks.
Space Adventures hopes to start these missions in the early 2020s. They have not disclosed the price for the mission but we imagine it’ll be a pretty penny. They say the cost “depends on the vehicle you choose, the timing and the exact mission profile.” With Virgin Galactic charging customers $250,000 to spend 2.5 hours in space, so we can only imagine the astronomical cost for this two week journey.