Private trip to the moon

Former NASA executives have launched a private venture to send two people to the moon before the end of the decade for a cost of US$1.4-B, the BBC reported December 7. And they’re hoping to sell future voyages to other countries to make a “commodity” of it. Golden Spike Company, run by former Nasa associate administrator Alan Stern, said it hopes to make its first launch by the end of the decade. Other countries such as South Africa, South Korea and Japan will be offered to join the voyage, he added. “It’s not about being first. It’s about joining the club,” Stern said. “We’re kind of cleaning up what Nasa did in the 1960s. We’re going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s.” The US became the first and only country to reach the Moon in the 1960s. US President Barack Obama, however, has cancelled a planned NASA return to the moon.

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