NASA has announced plans to put astronauts on the moon by 2018, and eventually use the moon as a way station for visiting other planets?especially Mars. Are we returning to the moon to secure the fantastically valuable Helium 3 fuel that is lying on the surface? Helium 3 is undoubtedly the reason that China is determined to go to the moon.

Leonard David writes in space.com reports that The New York Times has criticized the project as lacking “the pizzazz to inspire public support” and says it will be “operating under budget constraints that make delays or overruns likely.” The cost is estimated to be around $104 billion. Sherwood Boehlert (R, NY) says there is “no credible way” to accomplish this task unless the NASA is given a bigger budget than it has been promised. read more

Space Ventures, a private company not associated with NASA, has announced that it plans to take tourists for trips around the moon. They have already sent two people into orbits lasting from 10 to 21 days, using Russian equipment. Some trips will include stops at the International Space Station (ISS). A roundtrip ticket, from Earth to the Moon, will cost $100 million.

While this may seem like an extremely expensive ticket, the company is actually trying to keep expenses down. The main way they’re doing this is by not actually landing on the moon, but only circling it, then returning to Earth. They plan to start taking tourists into space in 2008.
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There’s a persistent myth, still going around the internet,that we did not really go to the moon and that the Apollomoon landing was actually staged on a movie set. When aheckler taunted astronaut Buzz Aldrin about this, hepunched him in the nose. Understandable, given that Aldrinactually walked on the moon, and risked his life to do so. Now the European Space Agency has launched a spacecraft that is photographing the old Apollo landing sites, that will finally put an end to this conspiracy theory.
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Ed Note: This article was placed in error. The “new moon”was determined by NASA to be a Saturn rocket stage inOctober of 2003. We erroneously used an old reference inthis story.

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