(Image Source: Golden Spike)

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR BRICE SANDER


Ever dreamed to go to the moon when you were a kid? Well, now you can — if you have the cash.

“You don't have to be an astronaut to go to the moon anymore. You can now take an out-of-this-world trip... for just one-point- five billion dollars.”

A few former NASA executives are working together to try to make this venture happen. NBC details who’s behind it.

“Backers of the plan, including former NASA executive Alan Stern and former Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin, discussed the company's strategy at a National Press Club briefing in Washington.”

They announced their plan to start “The Golden Spike” at that press conference through this video.

“Now is the time to take longer strides. Time for a great new American Enterprise.”

During that press conference, one of those executives announced how he plans to simply repurpose existing technology. The Washington Post explains.

“The trick is 40 years old. We know how to do this. The difference is now we have rockets and space capsules in the inventory. . . . They’re already developed. . . . We don’t have to invent them from a clean sheet of paper. We don’t have to start over.”

But a space policy expert told Wired the company’s business model may need a little fine-tuning.

“I would say that Stern doesn’t have enough zeros in his budget … The 1960s Apollo program, including development and testing, came to around $110 billion dollars in today’s money or roughly $18 billion per landing on the moon.”

Former NASA Execs Launch Lunar Vacation Company

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Dec 6, 2012

Former NASA Execs Launch Lunar Vacation Company

(Image Source: Golden Spike)

BY SHANLEY REYNOLDS
ANCHOR BRICE SANDER


Ever dreamed to go to the moon when you were a kid? Well, now you can — if you have the cash.

“You don't have to be an astronaut to go to the moon anymore. You can now take an out-of-this-world trip... for just one-point- five billion dollars.”

A few former NASA executives are working together to try to make this venture happen. NBC details who’s behind it.

“Backers of the plan, including former NASA executive Alan Stern and former Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin, discussed the company's strategy at a National Press Club briefing in Washington.”

They announced their plan to start “The Golden Spike” at that press conference through this video.

“Now is the time to take longer strides. Time for a great new American Enterprise.”

During that press conference, one of those executives announced how he plans to simply repurpose existing technology. The Washington Post explains.

“The trick is 40 years old. We know how to do this. The difference is now we have rockets and space capsules in the inventory. . . . They’re already developed. . . . We don’t have to invent them from a clean sheet of paper. We don’t have to start over.”

But a space policy expert told Wired the company’s business model may need a little fine-tuning.

“I would say that Stern doesn’t have enough zeros in his budget … The 1960s Apollo program, including development and testing, came to around $110 billion dollars in today’s money or roughly $18 billion per landing on the moon.”

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