If you’ve run out of exciting vacation places on Earth, then a company has some exciting news for you. The founder of Moon Express, a space exploration company, Naveen Jain, has stated in an interview with CNBC that he believes that lunar vacations will become a reality in the next 10 years. He estimates that the cost of a ticket will be around $10,000.
Moon Express has revealed that it is the first non-government company which has been offered approval by the U.S. government to land on our planet’s moon. Moon Express in its initial form is the result of the Google Lunar XPrize international competition. The even offers a prize of $30 million to any private company able to perform a soft landing on the surface of the moon.
The company’s first mission to the moon will consist in the landing of a robotic rover. Its purpose is to conduct a survey necessary to explore and determine which are the best locations for mining resources such as iron, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, various metals and rare Earth minerals.
During his interview, Naveen Jain also emphasized that the price of moon travel will significantly drop in the coming years. He contrasted the $25 billion cost of humanity’s first mission to the planet’s natural satellite to the $7 million estimated cost of the next mission which will launch in 2017. He believes that the cost for one person going to the moon will be $10,000.
Additionally, he thinks that not only the cost will be drastically reduced but the time needed to travel to the moon will be as well. So much so, that tourist wanting to vacation on the moon can do so in four hours, which a shorter time needed to travel between New York and London at this time.
Although the future is uncertain and even if technology will indeed enable lunar vacations for only $10,000 per person, some still think that the company is overly optimistic. Currently, Virgin Galactic, the commercial space tourism company is testing its spaceplane meant to send tourist into space charges around $250,000 per seat.
What do you think about the ambitions of Moon Express? Do you feel that their plans are realistic?
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