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A Ticket to the Moon

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, August 18, 2005

A ticket to the moon. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you happen to have a spare hundred million dollars or so and an adventurous spirit…Space Adventures would like to talk to you. The company, which has already arranged several space flights for millionaire tourists, has two seats available on a planned flight around the far side of the moon. When? CEO Eric Anderson…

"Depending on when our participants and our private explorers sign up and confirm to do it, we can actually implement this within the next three or four years. We could be flying by 2008 and I expect we would do so by 2010." How many people potentially might want to spend a hundred million dollars to go around the moon and back? "I think that there are more people who might do this than you might imagine. There are not many, but certainly a few people who have multi hundred million dollar yachts and I know of a few people who have the financial ability and have already said they're interested."

Including Dr. Gregory Olsen…a Princeton, NJ businessman who is already scheduled to visit the International Space Station aboard a Russian rocket in October. Space Adventures has been working exclusively with the Russian Space Federation. Why not NASA?

"NASA doesn't have a spacecraft that can take us to the moon."

Several former NASA astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin, are on the Space Adventures advisory board. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.