Ex-NASA officials have recently announced their plans to start sending people to the moon for a hefty price… which would be an understatement.
The Golden Spike company is willing to send two people to the moon, provided they can pay $1.5 billion ($725 million per person).
For comparison, the price is a tenth of what one flight to the Moon cost under the Apollo program adjusted for inflation (where the Astronauts fly to the moon, land on it, and come back).
Despite the significantly reduced price, even the extremely rich will most likely be unable to afford it, whereas you would only have to pay around $500k to settle on Mars with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The organization, which includes the likes of NASA veteran Gary Griffin (who had been the Apollo program’s flight director), aims to send people to the moon so the can accomplish the following:
By dramatically lowering costs—to levels that rival robotic science mission budgets—we’re going to open the Moon to expeditions by space and science agencies, corporations, and individuals from around the world.
Golden Spike has stated that their main target is individuals/nations looking to use the moon for exploration and scientific purposes, hence the high costs, though they will appeal to consumers who just want to do what Sinatra couldn’t.
Golden Spike has also stated that they’ll be mostly using previously developed technology, though they didn’t specify who they will turn to to obtain said equipment.
The company expects to start moon bound flights in 2020.
You can read an article on this from the Register here.