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Space Adventures and the Russian space agency are offering circumlunar flight, using a modified Soyuz spacecraft from the late 1960s / early 1970s. The price? A cool $150M per seat. One person has signed up, and another is in negotiations.

http://www.space.com/11584-space-tourism-private-moon-flights-details.html

Makes you wonder how they are going to pull it off if travel through the VABs is impossible....

Moon hoaxers better start to figure out their reasons why it couldn't have happened. Bookmakers give the best odds to "They are in on it...", a tried and true favourite which is suitable for most occasions.

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INB4 "brainwashing" claims!

Edit : What the hell, I doubt many of the great unwashed, tinfoil clothed will be forking out $150m, just to prove themselves eejits....

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Scary, Evan. I can't imagine even driving in a 60's - 70's anything from Russia--let alone flying in it!

Here's a KGB version of a GAZ-M-21 escort vehicle used by their Secret Service:

gaz231.jpg

It still looks cool--But, trust it driving to Siberia and back? Not a chance... :ice

Like I said, I'm agnostic on it. I don't know. However, some of the photographic issues that have been

raised were/are thought provoking. However, I'll stay out of that one, too--just not my area.

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$ 150,000 is quite reasonable, IIRC such trips normally cost over a million, but Greg is right I wouldn't feel safe in a 40-year old Russian spacecraft. I took a Soviet plane of unknown vintage when I was in Peru in the early 90s and that was bad enough. The other choice was taking a bus through Sendero Luminoso territory just after Guzman was captured.

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Space Adventures and the Russian space agency are offering circumlunar flight, using a modified Soyuz spacecraft from the late 1960s / early 1970s. The price? A cool $150M per seat. One person has signed up, and another is in negotiations.

http://www.space.com/11584-space-tourism-private-moon-flights-details.html

Makes you wonder how they are going to pull it off if travel through the VABs is impossible....

Moon hoaxers better start to figure out their reasons why it couldn't have happened. Bookmakers give the best odds to "They are in on it...", a tried and true favourite which is suitable for most occasions.

It is offering flights around the moon.

Unless it actually is to/on the moon then, I suspect, moon hoaxers will argue their case is actually strenghtened and why wouldn't they. Foregoing the specific VAB issue you have cited.

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Space Adventures and the Russian space agency are offering circumlunar flight, using a modified Soyuz spacecraft from the late 1960s / early 1970s. The price? A cool $150M per seat. One person has signed up, and another is in negotiations.

http://www.space.com/11584-space-tourism-private-moon-flights-details.html

Makes you wonder how they are going to pull it off if travel through the VABs is impossible....

Moon hoaxers better start to figure out their reasons why it couldn't have happened. Bookmakers give the best odds to "They are in on it...", a tried and true favourite which is suitable for most occasions.

It is offering flights around the moon.

Unless it actually is to/on the moon then, I suspect, moon hoaxers will argue their case is actually strenghtened and why wouldn't they. Foregoing the specific VAB issue you have cited.

Supposedly PAX will get within 100km of the surface depending on the equipment they take that might be close enough to photograph the items left behind.

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Scary, Evan. I can't imagine even driving in a 60's - 70's anything from Russia--let alone flying in it!

Here's a KGB version of a GAZ-M-21 escort vehicle used by their Secret Service:

gaz231.jpg

It still looks cool--But, trust it driving to Siberia and back? Not a chance... :ice

Like I said, I'm agnostic on it. I don't know. However, some of the photographic issues that have been

raised were/are thought provoking. However, I'll stay out of that one, too--just not my area.

Greg,

Keep in mind that it is the very same Soyuz that is currently making trips to the ISS, and the Soyuz that will be taking US astronauts to the ISS when the Shuttle retires. Even the Chinese Shenzhou is based on it. It's still using the very same R-7 booster that was originally designed to lob ICBMs to the US (although the circumlunar flights will probably use the Proton booster).

It just keeps on going!

604px-Soyuz_19_%28Apollo_Soyuz_Test_Project%29_spacecraft.jpg

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Yikes, even more scary!

When talking Soviet / Russian I would normally tend to agree, but the Soyuz has got an excellent safety record. Soyuz 1 (1967) had problems (parachute failure), killing it's pilot Vladimir Komarov. The crew of Soyuz 11 were killed when their spacecraft depressurised during re-entry (they weren't wearing pressure suits, which is now mandatory for re-entry). Apart from that, with about 109 manned flights, there hasn't been a fatality (yes, there have been problems on occasion, but manned spaceflight is a dangerous business).

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