Lunar tourism may be possible in the future if trips to the Moon are made available to a private audience. Some space tourism startup companies are planning to offer tourism on or around the Moon, and estimate this to be possible sometime between 2018 and 2043.
Space tourism companies which have announced they are pursuing lunar tourism include Space Adventures, Excalibur Almaz, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.
Tourist flights would be of three types: flyby in a circumlunar trajectory, lunar orbit, and lunar landing.
Circumlunar: In this type of lunar tourism, the spacecraft does not land on the surface of the Moon; but turns around the Moon using a circumlunar trajectory and returns to the Earth. According to Space Adventures, tourists will be 100 km from the lunar surface.
Lodging: In this type of tourism, tourists can land on the surface of the Moon. The European Space Agency declared that in 2024 they will be able to realize this type of tourism.
Some of the space tourism start-up companies have declared their cost for each tourist for a tour to the Moon.
Circumlunar flyby: Space Adventures is charging $150 million per seat, a price that includes months of ground-based training, although this is only a fly-by mission, and will not land on the Moon. Excalibur Almaz had the same price tag but never managed to send their capsule to space.
Lunar landing: The Golden Spike Company was planning to charge $750 million per seat for future lunar landing tourism.
Two natural attractions would be available by circumlunar flight or lunar orbit, without landing:
View of the far side of the Moon
View of the Earth rising and setting against the lunar horizon
Other possible attractions include:
Lunar craters, for example the Peary crater, the Copernic crater and the Aitken crater of the South Pole; Mountains, for example Mont Pic and the valleys, such as the Alpine neighborhood.
Moon Impact Probe of India
Commemorations on the Moon
There are remains of several missions on the Moon:
Each of the Apollo, Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17, has left a commemorative plaque and a United States flag in its wake-up locations.
The fallen astronaut is an aluminum sculpture of 8.5 cm, accompanied by a plaque with the list of Soviet and American people lost in the advance of space exploration, left near the Apollo landing site 15 to Hadley Rille.
Banners of the Soviet Union in the unmanned spacecraft Luna 2, which hit the Moon in September 1959
Protection of lunar landmarks
The site of the first human landing on an extraterrestrial body, Tranquility Base, has been determined to have cultural and historic significance by the U.S. states of California and New Mexico, which have listed it on their heritage registers, since their laws require only that listed sites have some association with the state. Despite the location of Mission Control in Houston, Texas has not granted similar status to the site, as its historic preservation laws limit such designations to properties located within the state. The U.S. National Park Service has declined to grant it National Historic Landmark status, because the Outer Space Treaty prohibits any nation from claiming sovereignty over any extraterrestrial body. It has not been proposed as a World Heritage Site since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which oversees that program, limits nations to submitting sites within their own borders. An organization called For All Moonkind, Inc. is working to develop enforceable international protocols that will manage the protection and preservation of these and other human heritage sites in outer space.
Interest in affording historical lunar landing sites some formal protection grew in the early 21st century with the announcement of the Google Lunar X Prize for private corporations to successfully build spacecraft and reach the Moon; a $1 million bonus was offered for any competitor that visited a historic site on the Moon. One team, led by Astrobotic Technology, announced it would attempt to land a craft at Tranquility Base. Although it canceled those plans, the ensuing controversy led NASA to request that any other missions to the Moon, private or governmental, human or robotic, keep a distance of at least 75 meters (246 ft) from the site. A company called PTScientists plans to return to the Taurus-Littrow Valley, the site of the Apollo 17 mission landing. PTScientists is a partner of For All Moonkind, Inc. and has pledged that its mission will honor heritage preservation and abide by all relevant guidelines.
The company Space Adventures has announced a planned mission, titled DSE-Alpha, to take two tourists within 100 kilometers (54 nautical miles) of the lunar surface, using a Soyuz spacecraft piloted by a professional cosmonaut. The trip would last around a week.
Excalibur Almaz proposed to take three tourists in a flyby around the Moon, using modified Almaz space station modules, in a low-energy trajectory flyby around the Moon. The trip would last around 6 months. However, their equipment was never launched and is to be converted into an educational exhibit.
In February 2017, SpaceX announced it had accepted deposits for a week-long flyby mission to the Moon, set for late 2018, in a Dragon 2 capsule carrying two Moon tourists, to be launched via Falcon Heavy rocket. The proposal changed in early 2018 to use the BFR system instead.
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