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Holiday to The Moon: Space Adventures starts five year countdown

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Space tourism pioneers Space Adventures will send its first tourist flight around The Moon by February 2017.

The five year countdown was started by CEO Eric Anderson in a YouTube video where he reveals that the first £95million seat on the mission has already been sold.

The flight will carry two private passengers, plus crew, on a circumlunar journey, hopefully making more than one orbit after a trip expected to last at least two days.

Anderson hasn’t revealed the spaceship, although a modified ‘super-Soyuz’ is the most likely craft, drawing on Space Adventures’ long association with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

None of the privately-built American spacecraft is likely to be ready for February 2017, although the ex-Soviet Almaz craft purchased by the UK’s Excalibur Almaz might be modified for such a journey.

In his YouTube announcement (below), Anderson also suggests that if private enterprise can get to The Moon, then state space exploration agencies should be trying to ‘push the envelope wherever possible’.

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