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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1342 times:

Moon tourism in our lifetime? It could soon happen especially if the forthcomming events are successful. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2249064.stm

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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1337 times:

I didn't realise they needed permission.
Does that mean the Moon is considered US airspace??  Insane

User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1326 times:

You need no permission from any authority to land on the moon. It is a celestal body, and as such cannot be claimed by any nation. The only authorisation one would need is to use the airspace of the country in which the launch will take place, in this case, is it in Kazakhstan. I would suspect that State Department permission has been granted for the use of the equipment?

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1313 times:

State would need to give permission to export some of the equipment to Kazachstan probably (some components might fall under the export restrictions on missile technology).
There are treaties in place on the use of space, but those only apply to earth orbit (mainly geostationary orbit) where space is limited.
There are also treaties banning commercial use of the moon, but that is mainly restricted to mining. The moon has similar status to Antarctica.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13591 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

A 1967 treaty made the Moon the property of all the world's nations.
This might, just might, be a first step to new explorations.
But launching a small probe on a commercial satellite launch vehicle is a very long way from Moonbases, nothing will happen until a fully reusable and relatively cheap launch vehicle to low Earth orbit is developed.

User currently offlineUkair From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

The US don't want any of their previous sights disturbed.

User currently offlineDPrush From United States of America, joined May 2002, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

That's right, WE OWN THE MOON TOO! And you thought a couple of airliners could dent our commitment to world domination? See ya in McD's on the moon in 25 years, suckas  Smile

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

And round trip ticket will probably cost $20 000 000  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

In addition, the Trailblazer mission should provide the opportunity to photograph the equipment left behind by past Apollo and Russian landings putting an end to suspicions that the Moon landings were faked.

Thank GOD!

Dear moderators: No.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

I agree about the main thing stopping this from happening is our current unavailability of a cheap spaceplane to take us into low Earth Orbit. We need to replace the shuttle in the next 5-10 years or so(by then it will be too old). Instead of flying Earth-Moon direct as with Apollo a better way to do it would be to take off in a spaceplane, dock with the International Space Station and then enter a separate spacecraft to take you to the moon. This would be much more efficient and probably cheaper than building a massive rocket like the Saturn V. But first we need to get the ISS completed and an efficient spaceplane of some sort up and running.

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