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8/10/2005 Space / Moon. Fly me to the moon ... for $100 million dollars

Welcome to the beginnings of space tourism!

"Working with Russian space officials, a private firm plans to sell a flyby trip to the moon. Price per passenger: 100 million dollars (US). ... If the plan takes off, two space tourists and moontheir pilot would spend 10 to 21 days crammed in a passenger car-size Soyuz space module. Space Adventures, based in Arlington, Virginia, today announced their agreement with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency for a lunar look-see—the latest, most ambitious trip offered to private space tourists. Organizers say the trip could launch in three to four years.

Citizen astronauts able and willing to cover the sky-high cost of the spaceflight would first have to undergo six to eight months of extensive training and mission preparation. ... After the training period, the "crew" would take off from Kazakhstan aboard a Russian-designed Soyuz rocket." - natlgeo

Will moon conspiricists they say Space Adventures plans to spend $20 million building fake moon sets and a flight simulation ride to fool those who think they are paying for a real trip? A real flyby trip to the moon would certainly involve surviving two trips through the Van Allen radiation belts. See our Apollo moon conspiracy article.

7/19/2005 Technology / Space / Moon. Google Maps the Moon



"Google Moon only has as much data as NASA was able to give us, so there are limitations (for now) on how close to the surface we can zoom. ... the development of our lunar hosting and research center continues apace. We usually don't announce future products in advance, but in this case, yes, we can confirm that on July 20th, 2069, in honor of the 100th anniversary of mankind's first manned lunar landing, Google will fully integrate Google Local search capabilities into Google Moon, which will allow our users to quickly find lunar business addresses, numbers and hours of operation, among other valuable forms of Moon-oriented local information."

Be sure to zoom in all the way! For some thought provoking alternative thinking, check out our moon conspiracy article.

11/18/2004 Space. Probing the moon. We are barely hearing about this really important moon probe. Probing the moon is not only a good idea, but it is a great way to prove that "ion drives" really work. Moon conspiracy theorists, stay alert and watch the pictures coming back from the real moon!

"The European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday said the Smart-1 spacecraft had reached its closest point from the moon so far, coming within [ 3,100 miles ] of the lunar surface on Monday. ... Smart-1 has also been the test flight for a new solar-electric propulsion technology ... a kind of solar-powered thruster that is 10 times more efficient than the usual chemical systems employed when traveling in space.

The so-called "ion" engine ... does not burn fuel like chemical rockets, but instead converts sunlight into electricity via solar panels and uses it to electrically charge heavy gas atoms. Overall, the engine performed extremely well, enabling the spacecraft (launched in September 2003) to reach the moon two months earlier than expected," the ESA said." - thestar

"SMART-1 in orbit around the Moon ... It is powered by an ion engine, which converts solar power into electricity that then charges atoms of the heavy gas xenon." -gulf

Looks like a little Borg cube, doesn't it? Here is my interpretation of what is really going on.


Step 1, the Secretly Powered Cube is created in a lab.

Step 2, the Cube is hidden in a rocket and sent to space.

Step 3, the European Borg cube finds the Moon and locks on.

Step 4, the European Borg cube uses a laser to destroy Earth's defenses, blinding all observatories and all people with big telescopes.

Step 5, With the Earth helpless, the borg cube sends the Moon into the Earth, destroying it and all of the liars on it. Nice. NOTE: This is only a simulation. Had the real Moon hit the Earth like this, you'd have a headache right now.


3/1/2004: Moon Hoax Songs: Check out Dave Hook, a guy who, like me, wrote a moon hoax song . I enjoyed reading his lyrics and comparing to what I've found so far about the moon hoax idea for my article on the topic.

2/4/2004: Man on Moon Study: NASA wants $70 million for a feasibility study on renewed lunar exploration, robotic landers on the moon by 2009, and humans "as early as 2015."

12/31/03: New Moon Around Earth: New 'moon' found around Earth. Much uncertainty surrounds the mysterious object, designated J002E3. It could be a passing chunk of rock captured by the Earth's gravity, or it could be a discarded rocket casing coming back to our region of space... It was soon realised, however, that far from passing us, it was in fact in a 50-day orbit around the Earth. An update from NASA: Evidence continues to accumulate that J002E3 is the lost S-IVB third stage from the Saturn V rocket used to launch the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission in November 1969. ... if J002E3 is the Apollo 12 S-IVB then that stage spent more than a year in a highly chaotic orbit around the Earth.

8/26/03: Strange Structures on Moon: What are these things in the Guyot crater?

12/4/03: Moon Trash: Commercial Moon mission sets launch date The first private mission to the Moon is set for October 2003, following a $20 million deal between a US company and a Russian space launch business. TransOrbital, based in California, plans to send a small spacecraft called Trailblazer to the Moon. ... A capsule designed to survive impact will contain messages, business cards, cremated remains and other mementos from paying customers back on Earth. ... In September, TransOrbital was granted permission for the Moon trip by the US State Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The company had to prove it would not contaminate the Moon's surface during the mission. I don't get it. What counts as a contaminate if not cremated human remains and business cards? Does this just mean the container won't burst when it hits the moon? If I put a well sealed container of trash in your living room, am I then not contaminating? Anyway, this is not the first time human remains have been sent to the moon. Cremated remains of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy comet, were sent to the moon aboard NASA's Lunar Prospector in 1998. NASA apologized to the Navajo tribe for the Shoemaker lunar burial since the country's largest tribe (about 250,000 members) consider the moon to be sacred.


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