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For 100 mn pounds, a moon voyage on a spy shuttle!

Last updated on: June 20, 2012 16:05 IST

A moon voyage on a spy shuttle!

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Wish to visit the moon? Just fork out 100 million pounds!

A British firm has unveiled plans to blast passengers into the lunar orbit for a 100 million pounds fare.

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Image: An image the moon's north polar region taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
Photographs: Reuters
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The first voyages -- aboard Russian shuttles once used to spy on the West -- could be launched in 2015, Isle of Man-based Excalibur Almaz said.

Until now, space tourists have travelled only to the International Space Station and back.

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According to The Sun tabloid, Excalibur has bought and recycled four re-entry capsules and two space stations from Russian firm NPO Mashinostroyenia.

Customers will first dock with one of the space stations in low-Earth orbit. From there, they will be blasted into the Moon's orbit, taking them 234,000 miles from home.

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The flights, which could last eight months, will then continue into space, taking them further from Earth than achieved before.

The firm -- whose Isle of Man home is rated the world's fifth most likely place to man the next mission to the Moon -- on Tuesday drew crowds by displaying one of its vessels in Westminster, London.

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