THE MOON could be your next holiday thanks to Moon Express, a travel company which aims to make lunar trips a reality for tourists within a decade.
Moon Express wants to start offering holidays into space for £8,000 a ticket.
Founded in 2010 by billionaire entrepreneur Naveen Jain, the company has been granted permission to travel from the earth to the moon.
It’s the only private firm to get the approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Since permission was granted in August, Moon Express has begun work on sending an unmanned vessel into orbit next year.
The rocket will cost £3.9m ($5m) but Jain hopes that will come down to £1.6m ($2m) in just five years.
Within 10 years the entrepreneur believes Moon holidays will be on offer for £7,925 ($10,000) – a journey no more arduous than a flight from San Francisco to Sydney.
Jain said: “The sky is not the limit for Moon Express – it is the launchpad. This breakthrough ruling is another giant leap for humanity.
“Space travel is our only path forward to ensure our survival and create a limitless future for our children. In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals and moon rocks back to Earth.”
The firm will team up with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to bring the concept to fruition.
Co-founder and Moon Express chief executive Bob Richards said: “The Moon Express 2017 mission approval is a landmark decision by the US government and a pathfinder for private sector commercial missions beyond the Earth’s orbit.
“We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth’s eighth continent, the moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth’s economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity.”
Last month a survey revealed more than half of Britons would happily live on the moon if it became possible within the next 50 years.
While the moon is the top out-of-this-world destination for 56 per cent of people, 43 per cent would live on an undiscovered planet if life in space was possible.
And one in five – 19 per cent – insist they would buy a holiday home on Mars if they could afford it.
The study, by engineering firm Arconic Technology, unveiled our expectations for technology in the year 2062.
It found almost half of us, 46 per cent, expect space travel for the average person to be commonplace within the next half century.
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