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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Abramovich's $300M Trip to Moon

Have $300 million, want to go to the Moon?
- LRK -

Have $100 million, want to go to the Moon?

Step right up, get your tickets now.

Read more below. (maybe too much below, sorry, just didn't want you to
miss the flight)

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Monday, April 23, 2007. Issue 3642. Page 4.
Abramovich's $300M Trip to Moon
The Moscow Times

KOROLYOV, Moscow Region -- The Federal Space Agency is prepared to send
Chukotka Governor Roman Abramovich on a trip into space for $300
million, Itar-Tass reported Saturday.

Commenting on media reports that the billionaire governor was ready to
pay $300 million for a trip around the moon, agency head Anatoly
Perminov said: "It's a good sum; we like it. And if Mr. Abramovich
agrees to pay, we'll send him," Itar-Tass reported.

Perminov said his agency was "not considering a waiting list of tourists
after 2009 for the time being" because the crew of the international
space station was expected to be increased to six from that time.

Many professional cosmonauts and astronauts will fly into space, and
seats for tourists on Russian spaceships will be made available only if
their trips do not disrupt the work of professional crews, Perminov said.

� Copyright 2006. The Moscow Times. All rights reserved.

Astronaut foresees a lunar future

Man who has orbited Earth and been to the moon thinks we will someday
live and work on the moon.

By Amanda Pennington
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NEWPORT BEACH � John Young doesn't idly dream about living or working on
the moon. The six-time space traveler thinks it's an imminent reality.

Young spoke to about 60 people Saturday morning at the Radisson Newport
Beach about not only his journeys to the moon and in Earth's orbit, but
also the technologies that could allow people to live and work on the moon.

His talk was in honor of Earth Day, but came on the heels of Jeffrey
Roth's film "The Wonder of It All" screening at the Newport Beach Film

In the film, Young and other astronauts share their experiences in space.

"The moon is really important for the future of people on this planet,"
Young said as he showed the audience slides of his trip to the moon.


A U.S. space tourist landed Saturday after spending two weeks in space
at the Russian space station. Hungarian-born Charles Simonyi paid $25
million for preflight training and the flight, the Associated Press

But Orange County residents aren't necessarily ready to spend that kind
of cash yet.

"It's scary," La Habra resident Roy Kyle said Saturday after Young
rushed off to catch a plane. "It may happen though. I hope it happens in
our lifetimes."


Check out this article at the Cosmos Magazine. - LRK -
Magazine feature

Children of Apollo

Issue 12 of Cosmos, December 2006

by Wilson da Silva

Inspired as children by the Moon missions, a new breed of entrepreneur
is bringing the dreams of youth and business smarts to the next frontier.

It was Christmas Eve 1968. Three men � Frank Borman, James Lovell and
William Anders � were coasting 100 km above the Moon, the first
astronauts to ever circle it. From inside their tiny Apollo 8 command
capsule, they pointed a TV camera toward Earth, showing millions of
viewers back home what no one had ever seen before. They snapped a
famous picture � Earthrise � of our blue world ascending above the lunar
horizon. And then they read aloud the story of creation according to the
Book of Genesis.

Back home, a record TV audience was watching. When transmission ended 17
minutes later, an announcer broke the reverie to breathlessly report
that Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American � one of the world's
largest airlines at the time � had announced that Pan Am would start
taking reservations for commercial passenger flights to the Moon.


But it's not just about joy flights and holidays in space. Today's space
entrepreneurs see a huge market in launching satellites for
communications and remote sensing. Then there's the opportunity to
slowly take over the launch and space station resupply work of
bureaucratic space agencies and large aerospace contractors, the latter
having lost creative momentum and grown slow while living off fat
government contracts. These lean and hungry start-ups see themselves
'doing space' faster, cheaper and more efficiently than ever before.

Ultimately, the advances will trickle down to all of us and change air
travel forever. One day, sub-orbital travel will be commonplace, and you
will be able to board a flight that will take you from Sydney to London
in two hours. It will take off from a runway like a regular plane, rise
above the clouds, roar into sub-orbital space and, mere hours later,
begin descending to land on a runway at Heathrow in London.

It's a world that's probably closer than most people think. In the next
20 years, we are likely to see a boom in the development of the high
frontier of space. And like the flowering of progress that gave birth to
the airline industry in the 1920s, the age of commercial space travel
will be created by the private sector.

Wilson da Silva is the founding editor of COSMOS, and one of the first
100 passengers due to fly on Virgin Galactic�s sub-orbital spaceliner
service in 2009.



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