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Private firm to sell trips to the moon


NASA's last trip to the moon launched 40 years ago Friday. (Photo Credit: NASA)
NASA's last trip to the moon launched 40 years ago Friday. (Photo Credit: NASA)

Staff writers

December 8, 2012 — A team of former NASA executives are launching a private venture to send people to the moon.

This composite image of the moon using Clementine data from 1994 is the view we are most likely to see when the moon is full (Photo Credit: NASA)
This composite image of the moon using Clementine data from 1994 is the view we are most likely to see when the moon is full (Photo Credit: NASA)

The newly formed business is looking for countries willing to pay $1.5 billion for a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige.

NASA's last trip to the moon was 40 years ago.

The Golden Spike Company said Wednesday that it's aiming for a first launch before the end of the decade.

The company president is former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern. Its board chairman is Apollo era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed the Johnson Space Center.

Stern says the company will buy existing rockets and capsules, only needing to develop new spacesuits and a lunar lander.


With files from The Associated Press

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