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A $100 Million Trip to the Moon

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the you-can-get-cheese-in-wisconsin-cheaper dept.

Space 451

Kyusaku Natsume writes "Russia's federal space agency will offer a $100m trip to the moon. From the UK Guardian's article:" "We've had the necessary technology for many years, the only problem will be finding someone prepared to pay that much." "

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Seems a bit steep to me... (5, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176413)


From TFA:
Space tourists will not land on its surface but will circle its dark side and orbit close enough to examine its cratered lunar crust. They would live in two cramped modules about three metres across and eat biscuits and food in tubes.
Doesn't sound all that great, really...$100 mil for that? I can do that right now for free...in fact, I am doing that right now (sitting in my cramped cubicle, eating Ding-Dongs from the snack machine, and examining the cratered lunar crust [google.com] .

Oh, and by the way,
"There is no dark side of the moon really...matter of fact it's all dark."
Pink Floyd,
Dark Side of the Moon

Re:Seems a bit steep to me... (4, Funny)

savagedome (742194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176547)

Space tourists will not land on its surface but will circle its dark side and orbit close enough to examine its cratered lunar crust

In other news, the space agency was approached by a space enthusiast who suggested paying using the jingling sound of quarters worth $100 million in a tin cup. The sources confirm that the agency denied him the ride.

Re:Seems a bit steep to me... (1)

halber_mensch (851834) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176583)

Doesn't sound all that great, really...$100 mil for that? I can do that right now for free...in fact, I am doing that right now (sitting in my cramped cubicle, eating Ding-Dongs from the snack machine, and examining the cratered lunar crust.
I especially love that the moon texture at zoom level 1 is cheese.

Warning (5, Funny)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176414)

Warning: Dont buy this. The price is does not include a landing. You just fly around the moon and come back. It is clearly a rip off.

Re:Warning (5, Insightful)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176439)

Well, considering people paid >10 Million for just getting into low earth orbit, 100 million for going all the way to the moon (including seeing earth as a tiny sphere in the disctance) doesnt seem _that_ out of place...

Re:Warning (1)

matt21811 (830841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176476)

I still think this is a scam by evil foreigners to rip off unsuspecting American tourists.

Re:Warning (5, Funny)

iocat (572367) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176664)

Yeah, I was just reading my Lonely Planet: Moon guide, and they said specifically to watch out for drinks that didn't have a listed price, and foreign space agencies that promised you the moon, but not a landing on the moon...

Re:Warning (0)

Araxen (561411) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176543)

Earth is much bigger than a tiny sphere when your on the Moon.

Re:Warning (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176657)

Oh, its all a matter of perspective...
Sure, its bigger as we see the moon (how much is basic math ;) ), but 2 or 3 degrees is tiny in the whole black sky.

But the real question is... (4, Funny)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176442)

does it include the return trip?

Re:Warning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176587)

Thanks for the warning. I had my checkbook out.

ebay feedback: (3, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176705)

"Seller is A-one first rate! That really was the real moon right outside my window. Really the authentic item."

sausage party! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176417)

mooooooooo mooooooooo

Re:sausage party! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176503)

I love it when some dumbass wastes mod points on an anonymous cowherd

So lemme see if I got this right... (1, Funny)

Raistlin77 (754120) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176426)

I can pay $100 million to go stand on a big rock covered with dust? Sign me up!!!

Seriously though, who in their right mind would pay that?

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (3, Funny)

Raistlin77 (754120) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176450)

Oh damn, I don't even get to stand on it... One hundred million dollars - seems a little Dr. Evil-esque.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176472)

Even better, you don't get to stand on that big rock. You get to orbit it, but you might get close enough to smell the cheese, I hear it's quite pungent.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1)

BinLadenMyHero (688544) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176487)

I would, if I could.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1)

Odonian (730378) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176490)

You got it wrong - it's not even standing on a big rock covered with dust, it's looking at one from 100 miles up.

That I would agree isn't worth the money (let alone risk), even if you had it to burn.

Actually landing on the moon, being the first moon tourist, might. Moon walkers are still an elite club, (MJ not withstanding). I'd imagine the book/movie options, lecture circuit, proceeds from selling moon rocks on ebay etc. would get some of that money back.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1)

Captain Scurvy (818996) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176540)

Seriously though, who in their right mind would pay that?

Some billionaire with a mid-life crisis and a serious need for attention.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (2, Funny)

bheer (633842) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176633)

Larry Ellison, then?

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (2, Interesting)

Ced_Ex (789138) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176692)

Larry Ellison is a wuss.

I'd say Richard Branson is more likely to go before Larry.

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1)

hozozco (856621) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176589)

$100 Million - is that first class or economy?

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (2, Funny)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176679)

That's first class. For 50 Million Dollars, you can travel Economy, strapped to the outside of the craft as a 'pretend fuel pod.'

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (3, Funny)

DarkHand (608301) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176697)

$100 Million - is that first class or economy?

From TFA:
Space tourists will not land on its surface but will circle its dark side and orbit close enough to examine its cratered lunar crust. They would live in two cramped modules about three metres across and eat biscuits and food in tubes.

So to answer your question: Compared to most major airlines, you'd be going first class!

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (5, Funny)

badfish99 (826052) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176618)

Maybe NASA could pay it? They haven't been to the moon for a while.

More people than you think would pony... (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176663)

Suppose (as several people have in just the last few years) that you win the lotto for 200 plus million. The truth is that you could blow 100 million and still be set for life, no big deal. Orbiting the moon is a trip of a lifetime, so why not?

Re:So lemme see if I got this right... (1, Interesting)

ThosLives (686517) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176716)

If I had $100 million, I'd probably design and build and fly my own rocket, not pay someone else to do it. I'd have much more fun doing it that way.

I still don't think it's as difficult as people think it is to get into orbit - or to the moon - it's just difficult to do it and not get sued to death. If you're flying yourself, with your own money (not the public's or some investors'), you only really have to answer to yourself (assuming you can get clearance to launch without getting shot out of the air by some country's air force).

Need funding? (2, Funny)

Iriel (810009) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176432)

They can ask that Russian astrologer that sued over the Temple 1 probe for the 'moral damages'.

Russsia shouldn't be the only one (5, Insightful)

JossiRossi (840900) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176433)

I find it odd that Russia is at the forefront of commercial space travel. I mean they are capable of it, but I somehow thought that by now a public company could have pulled it off already. NASA f'ing up space travel with it's politics and disillusioning some about it likely has not helped.

Re:Russsia shouldn't be the only one (4, Informative)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176481)

but I somehow thought that by now a public company could have pulled it off alread - are you kidding? Imagine this: you start a company like that. Let's say you have 1000,000,000 USD as a starting capital. How much can you do for that money? What would it take? You can buy Russian Soyuz launch vehicles, but for that money can you have your own space station and a moon module capable of going around the moon and back to the station? What about the fuel for the moon station? The Russians have Protons and Zeniths, you would have to buy those. How many customers will you get? One every 2 years? How will you make money on that?

No, it's too early for any private company to even think about such things. The Russian space agency can only afford to do this because they have all the infrastructure for it: they have Soyuz and Proton and the space station.

Re:Russsia shouldn't be the only one (2, Interesting)

SamSim (630795) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176510)

The thing about space travel is that while obviously it furthers science and allows us to discover stuff, it is currently entirely unclear what, if any, profit it will generate. For a government this is less of an issue, but for a private company, this is the only issue.

Re:Russsia shouldn't be the only one (5, Insightful)

stlhawkeye (868951) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176511)

I find it odd that Russia is at the forefront of commercial space travel. I mean they are capable of it, but I somehow thought that by now a public company could have pulled it off already. NASA f'ing up space travel with it's politics and disillusioning some about it likely has not helped.

Blame government hand-wringing. The last time they allowed a "space tourist" on a shuttle flight, it was a schoolteacher who won a contest, and she got killed. NASA is understandably reluctant to suffer such a disaster again. The Challenger incident set our space program back to such a serious degree that it's still never recovered. Before Challenger, talk was afoot of orbital space flight being the next wave of public transportation. Imagine flying from New York to Tokyo in a few hours!

NASA never really recovered from Challenger, and Columbia should have been to nail in NASA's coffin, as it was. And it may prove to have been in the end. We're well overdue to privatize American space exploration. That doesn't mean that government cannot engage in it, only that government shouldn't be the owners of American space initiatives. NASA ought to be split into two groups: a regulatory/oversight body to manage space projects and allocate research time on government-owned orbital platforms such as Hubble, and a second body that is purely scientific in nature. Private American spaceflight would be completely permissable on the grounds that telemetry, observations, and research conducted on such flights be made available to NASA for internal use (not republication).

Get NASA out of the hardware and flight businesses.

Re:Russsia shouldn't be the only one (4, Informative)

Daniel_Staal (609844) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176536)

Not so odd. The set-up cost of a space program (launch vechicle design, location, landing location, monitering center, etc.) is a very high sunk cost. Russia has it, built and paid for. So all they have to pay for is each launch, and ongoing maintenice. Since their budget has been cut, they have a strong incentive to find alternative funding.

In other words: They have the capablitly set up, and they have a reason. No one else has that: NASA is funded enough to keep going, and no one else has existing human-spaceflight capablity.

Or, the way I'd phrase it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176557)

For all the talk about privatizing spaceflight, I find it very odd that the forerunner in private/commercial space development is a government.

And not even an American government. How much farther do we have to go with the reverse brain drain, villification of science, and "outsourcing" of engineering resources before America isn't the scientific frontrunner of the world anymore?

Re:Russsia shouldn't be the only one (2, Funny)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176621)

This is nothing new...Russia was the first to offer civilians the opportunity to fly in fighter jets.

I think this is a terrible deal, however. If the module was a bit bigger (read: i can move around, and give this weightless thing a shot) then cool. For food...biscuits? For what a weeks travel? Come on, what about the MREs...can I bring them with me...at least they are good.

NASA could do what it does for a fraction of the cost if gov't contracts weren't such a ripoff to the people.

And their References are? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176451)

I am aware that they have sent some robotic rovers, Lunohods ("Moonwalkers"), up there, but no manned flights. It is like if NASA would sell tickets for trip to Mars.

except (5, Funny)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176452)

Once you're there getting back will cost another hundred million.

Didn't RTFA

Re:except (1)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176491)

Heh, I was thinking the same thing. "We just said we'd get you to the moon for $100 million. The trip back will cost $10 billion."

Re:except (0)

sconeu (64226) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176518)

Who's chipping in for Lance Bass' [one-way] ticket?

Three steps to a better world (4, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176453)

1) Convice Bill to offer "one BILEEEON dollars" for a landing.
2) Get Russians to provide it - one way.
3) Profit!

Re:Three steps to a better world (0)

MSFanBoi (695480) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176703)

What do you call 100 Slashdot anti-Microsoft freaks stuck on the moon with no access to the internet? A good start.

Finances (1)

CriminalNerd (882826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176464)

Hmm...$100 million is a bit too much to ask for a low orbit if you ask me. >_> Maybe if they included a landing and mini tour of the first landing site...Or did the US already claim the Moon as their own so other countries cannot trespass? XD I wonder what made the Russians to suddenly start selling trips to the Moon. *coughfinancescough* =P

I wonder if... (3, Funny)

B11 (894359) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176470)

they'll take a post-dated check?

I just have to get my plan to hold the world hostage with a giant "laser" off the ground.

Not the first time (3, Informative)

Rxke (644923) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176471)

They posted this idea before.
Looked extremely nice, but there are some problems with this...
Biggest stumblingblock: the heatshield is not up to the increased punishment it'll get when re-entering from a trans-luna trajectory instead of a deorbit from LEO...

But then again, that's only a matter of strenghthening the shield. But then again, that needs testing, and will add serious weight.

So they can't do this tomorrow, the hardware is not tried and tested... Yet...

Re:Not the first time (5, Interesting)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176610)

That's not... completely accurate.

The Soyuz capsule was designed to travel to the moon as the Zond variant. The system was tested in the late 1960s, using the same type of Proton boosted soyuz capsules to orbit the moon and return, and did so with animals aboard that survived.

But yes, other then being wrong in almost every other respect, you are correct when you say "They posted this idea before".

Space tourism and lottery (5, Interesting)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176475)

It may not be easy to find someone willing to pay 100M$ for a trip around the moon. Isn't it waay easier to find 10M people in the world willing to pay 10$ to perhaps win a trip around the moon ? I know I would.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176631)

Part of the beauty of the official offer is that, if the flight succeeds, more money goes to space travel. If it fails, we've got one less rich loser to suffer.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (-1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176634)

I would pay 1000USD to go to the Moon. Doesn't mean anyone will take me there for that money and would safely bring me back though, but I would pay if they could. It's just if you take 10,000,000 people as you suggest and cram them into a space vehicle, it may not lift off exactly. And how much is a space flight nowadays anyway? What, maybe 20,000,000 to get a Soyuz onto orbit? What about a Proton to fuel the Moon module? How big a Moon module do you need to fit in 10,000,000 people?

The price is high because this is the only way to do what they are offering but also because that is probably what it would take to do this at least for the first time.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (1, Insightful)

SnowDog_2112 (23900) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176650)

You missed the part where he said the ten million people would be paying ten dollars for a chance to win a trip. In other words, only one person goes -- the other ten million subsidize the trip through a lottery.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176660)

He's not suggesting you fit 10,000,000 people into a space craft - he's suggesting you make the money by selling lottery tickets and sending just the winning person up.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (4, Interesting)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176656)

Good point. And some company will offer this. "Buy a 12$ raffle ticket."

10$ (up to 50 million) goes to Russia. $1 per ticket goes to the company. The rest goes to charity? I would buy a ticket. And hey, they could also say "If we get enough for two trips, then there will be two winners."

I don't know...that sounds a bit altruistic of me. More likely some company will sell the tickets for 15/pop and pocket any profits above the 50 mil.

Re:Space tourism and lottery (0)

Compholio (770966) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176696)

Isn't it waay easier to find 10M people in the world willing to pay 10$ to perhaps win a trip around the moon ? I know I would.

Except for it being "just" to space, isn't that exactly what Diet 7up is doing?

discount (3, Funny)

tubbtubb (781286) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176480)

Can I get a discount if I lose a few pounds?

Seriously though, kids weigh far less and take up less space, what about a donation for a make-a-wish foundation candidate?

Re:discount (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176721)


what about a donation for a make-a-wish foundation candidate?

Good idea. If the rocket explodes on the way up or the craft disintegrates on the round trip or burns up reentering the atmosphere we could just shrug and say "Hey, the kid was going to die anyway."

If I pay 50mil... (-1, Offtopic)

Doverite (720459) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176482)

Can I send GWB on a one way ticket.

Don't fall for it (0, Redundant)

bsandersen (835481) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176486)

Once they get you there, wait until they quote you for the return trip!

-- Scott

Just don't be the 13th to go (4, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176495)

Unless you want to say, "Bakinour, we have a problem."

Re:Just don't be the 13th to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176642)

Well, I can imagine you saying that in the stressfull situation of a possible disaster, but I think you are going to get a much better responce if you would call "Baikonur" instead.

Its allofmp3 (0, Flamebait)

jmazzi (869663) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176498)

Russia's federal space agency is really just a front for allofmp3.com. They need the money to buy more CDs. Check out the FAQ [allofmp3.com]

Peanuts? (2, Funny)

teiresias (101481) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176500)

So do you get a bag of peanuts on your trip?

Re:Peanuts? (1)

AllahsAvatar (887555) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176709)

"They would live in two cramped modules about three metres across and eat biscuits and food in tubes"

What a bargain (5, Funny)

ChrisF79 (829953) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176512)

Damn, I'd pay the $100M but I don't think my boss would let me take the week off.

Re:What a bargain (1)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176684)

Damn, I'd pay the $100M but I don't think my boss would let me take the week off.

Well if you RTFA, yo'd know that its actually a 14-day trip. So it seems impossible for you. Sorry.

Trip to the Moon, $100 Million (1, Funny)

SuperBigGulp (177180) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176514)

The trip back, priceless

Returning moon (1)

vinlud (230623) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176529)

Maybe GW Bush can buy a ticket for his plan to return to the moon?

Re:Returning moon (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176639)

let's all take up a $50M collection for one-way trip now, and later if finance, time and interest allows those interested can spring for his return trip

Re:Returning moon (1)

johnny_sas (785125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176681)

Maybe GW Bush can buy a ticket for his plan to return to the moon

And he can stay there too. Permanently.

Two One Way Tickets, Please (1)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176701)

void avoid_flamebait_mods(void)
{
/* Customize the following two strings for your application */
char *pol1 = "** NAME OF FIRST POLITICIAN YOU LOATHE **";
char *pol2 = "** NAME OF SECOND POLITICIAN OR POLITICAL ADVISOR YOU LOATHE **";

printf("What if instead of $50M for a round trip, we got two $25M one way tickets for %s and %s?\n", pol1, pol2);
}

I'll probably get the FB tag anyways. *SIGH*

That's cheap!!! (1)

part15guy (724057) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176534)

$100m! That's like 10 cents!!!!

Hmm.. (1)

pickyouupatnine (901260) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176535)

Do they take monopoly money? :D

Russia + EU (4, Insightful)

amightywind (691887) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176552)

This shows how desperate Russia is becoming maintaining its space exploration capability. Russia has neither the rockets nor the spacecraft to support such an offer. I think it makes more sense for them to combine efforts with the EU going forward. The EU has no manned program, but good space technology and relatively deep pockets. Russia has well developed space technology but little funding. It would make an impressive combination.

Re:Russia + EU (3, Insightful)

Neticulous (900423) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176645)

You make a good point. It probably wont happen anytime soon, if ever at all, but imagine if there were no politcal bounds to space exploration, if the top 20, or even top 5 countries got together and funded one space exploration thingy-mabob, we could really make some progress.

I see space exploration as a means for humankind, not just americans, or russions, or chinese, or what-have-you but humankind as a whole. Countries need to realize this, together, and start cooperating in the goal for space exploration, f*ck this space race sh*t, who cares who gets there first, we just need to *get there*. and it would happen alot quicker if countries worked together to get humankind as a whole into space. Hell, most of us watch star trek, its not just "americans" or "russians" in space, it EARTH, the FEDERATION. We really need to create something along those lines, asap.

If you decide to... (4, Interesting)

Neticulous (900423) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176555)

If you intended on paying the 100m, would you need to take one of those physical tests (the simpsons comes to mind...) that would make sure you were able to withstand the forces that come with space travel? I would think that it would be a prerequisite to go through tons of tests in order to actually go on a shuttle.

Either way, thats a shitload of money, but its also a once in a lifetime opportunity. (atleast if you are getting old already!) Some of us young folk will probably be able to take some "tours" for around 1 million or so within 20-30 years I assume (and hope). By then it will be safer as well, even if I had the money, I doubt I would do this, but give it 30 years or so and space travel will be a *bit* safer, and there may be actual tour shuttles available. so what are the limits? can a 70 year old man willing to pay 100mill do this? what about an obese 25 year old thats just waiting for a heart attack? do you have to be very physically fit? Inquiring minds want to know...

Re:If you decide to... (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176626)

so what are the limits? can a 70 year old man ... do this?

Ask John Glenn [cnn.com] . Granted, he is a special case (former Marine fighter pilot, 1st american in orbit). But it would appear that a person in pretty good shape could do it into their 70's.

Looks like flying on aeroflot... (2, Interesting)

cfsmp3 (774544) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176569)

"We've had the necessary technology for many years"

I assume this means they want to fly people using technology that is many years old...

Re:Looks like flying on aeroflot... (1)

Ingolfke (515826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176658)

I assume this means they want to fly people using technology that is many years old...

Yeah you're right, it does sound like they're using old technology. Thank goodness we here in the US use the latest and greatest space shuttle... oh wait.

One question: (1)

robyannetta (820243) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176577)

Do they take PayPal?

That's not too much (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176584)

It's between 10-11% of my net worth. I might do it.

**Paging Paul Allen** (1)

IainMH (176964) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176585)

Is he fit enough to go?

I Volunteer Bill Gates (0, Redundant)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176602)


Send him to the moon.

As Jackie Gleason used to say: "To the moon, Alice! To the moon! Bang! Zoom!"

fortnight? (1)

superstick58 (809423) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176605)

The article says the entire trip would last a fortnight. This would be a long vacation and would be the biggest incentive to pay the 100 mil. I know they aren't landing on the moon, but 2 weeks is still a long time to spend in space. The apollo 11 mission only took 8 days [nasa.gov] and they landed. Of course, they didn't spend a week at a space station.

Alternatively, a cruise usually lasts 1-2 weeks [carnival.com] . Which is a better use of your money?

Re:fortnight? (1)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176691)

Especially as the rest of the company this CEO (no one else makes so much money) really can't blaim him for not having his cellphone off and thus bein unreachable, whereas on a normal cruise you would be very much reachable...

"Fact-finding mission" (1)

d3m057h3n35 (695460) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176608)

I think that this is an excellent opportunity for somebody who has been putting up lots of capital for commercial space ventures, like Paul Allen, Richard Branson, or Jeff Bezos, to make a very strong statement. That is, to sink a hundred of their plentiful millions of dollars into going to the moon like this, in a rudimentary way, and coming back and saying, "It was worth it. But the next time, I want to go there in luxury, I want my own company to take me, and I want my friends to come along. And I want to show people that it can be a hell of a lot more affordable." Taking that kind of risk and finding out what it's really like (and how it can be improved) would be a great way to put yourself above the competition as a space entrepreneur. "I've been there, folks. And the moon is like nowhere else you can vacation. Spend your cash with me."

And it can't be a bad thing to pump some money into the Russian program like this, even if only for philanthropic purposes. The more major governments make it to space at once and start establishing a major presence, the better. The way it's looking right now, whoever starts doing that first is not going to have much company.

hmm (1)

pkvon (899533) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176611)

Just checked - I'm only 99 Million 999 thousand and 999 U$ short. Someone here willing to lend me some? Will pay it back within a few thousand years :)

Read The Fine Print... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176624)

If you read the fine print, Russia will hire George Lucas to create a special-effect driven "Your Trip to The Moon" film for $100 million. So, yes, the technology is there to send you to moon, but you can't pay enough money to actually go to the moon.

I nominate (0, Redundant)

caluml (551744) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176627)

I nominate Bill Gates, for this extrordinarily dangerous mission, for it is to be undertaken without any oxygen supplies - we must salute his courage...

COD? (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176628)

Let's hope the person with the money agrees to only pay them when he has safely returned to Earth.

Am I still eligible? (1)

CrashRoX (783286) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176636)

I dont speak Russian is that part of the training for $100M?

oi (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176640)

Start the countdown. Not to the launch mind you, but to the first person posting a soivet russia joke.

Russian Space Value Meal (4, Funny)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176651)

Welcome to Crazy Ivan's Russian Experience!!! Everything is for sale, all offers considered!!!

Please choose one of the following from our "Government for sale" programs:

1) Drive a t-37 tank - $50,000
2) Fly a MiG - $200,000
3) Pilot Nuclear Submarine - $1,000,000
4) Fly to IIS - $20,000,000
5) Fly to Moon - $100,000,000
6) Kill a Chechnian - $50
7) Preside over Duma for a day - $10,000

Or anything else you want to do! Just name it and we'll stick a price on it.

Re:Russian Space Value Meal (1)

Ingolfke (515826) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176687)

Just released.

8) Fire a nuclear warhead at the target of your choice - $150,000,000 per nuke

Re:Russian Space Value Meal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13176711)

$100 mil: buy a Russian submarine.

Not quite all the way to the moon (2, Informative)

Shimmer (3036) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176654)

TFA says the offer is to orbit the moon, but not land on it. An important distinction, I think.

-- Brian Berns

at the rate GOOG stock is increasing ... (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176672)

I'll probably qualify next month :-)
Where are those stratospheric IPOs when you need them?

Great way to avoid income taxes (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176678)

"I'd like a one-way ticket, please."

I'll pay (1)

robertjw (728654) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176699)

Will they take a personal check?

Are you kidding? (1)

otter42 (190544) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176704)

"We've had the necessary technology for many years, the only problem will be finding someone prepared to pay that much."

You've got to be joking! I'm prepared to pay that much.

Of course I don't have it, but if I did, or even close to that amount, I would certainly accept the offer. And I bet everyone on slashdot feels the same!

Another bright side: it's never been so easy to turn money into history.

What else is included? (5, Funny)

mustangdavis (583344) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176710)

For $100 million, they better do better than just a pass around the moon!

For example, the Russians on board had better be some REALLY hot Russian babes (like those mail order brides they are always advertising)!

For $100 million, I'd want to be the first guy to have a three way in Space! (with 2 hot women - of course). I also want the exclusive rights to reproduce and sell the video :)

For that matter, would I be the first guy to have sex in Space?

I mean, seriously, if they're not landing on the moon, they had better give me something to do for two weeks. Two weeks in Space would get boring after the first few days if I had nothing to look forward to other than flying around the moon and (hopefully) landing (in one piece). They'd have to provide some serious entertainment for me to fork over that kind of cash ... (that is, if I had it).

I don't think they can do it (2, Interesting)

Banner (17158) | more than 9 years ago | (#13176724)

During the Cold War, the Soviets would have done this in a heartbeat, no matter what the cost, if they had the capability. Saying they can do it now, for only a hundred million dollars, when they have never done it before, just sounds untrue.

Yes the Russians build one of the best throw away capsules ever made. Yes they have done some wonderful things in space. But there is a big difference between Earth orbit and going to the Moon. Even if you're not landing there.
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