Top luminaries with experience in outer space are behind the company that plans to launch commercial trips to the moon by the end of the decade. Former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern, who is a planetary scientist, heads up the Golden Spike as company president.
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reported Stern issued a statement saying: "A key element that makes our business achievable and compelling is Golden Spike's team of nationally and internationally known experts in human and robotic spaceflight, planetary and lunar science, exploration, venture capital formation, and public outreach."
Golden Spike plans to approach foreign governments that may be interested in taking advantage of the moon trips for "scientific research or national prestige." (BBC
). It may also attract those wealthy enough to take the trip simply for the prestige. Trips will be limited, with the company expecting to launch 15 - 20 moon flights.
reported that although no tickets have yet been sold, Stern expects it will be a popular venture. He said "we think that there's going to be a strong market for it."
In addition to Stern other space veterans involved in the company include Apollo-era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed the Johnson Space Center, as Chairman of the board; Taber McCallum, co-founder and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corp; former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser; NASA shuttle program manager Wayne Hale: and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam.