A TEAM of former Nasa executives are offering trips to the moon – 40 years to the day since the space agency launched its last lunar mission.
For a mere $1.5 billion (£937,000 million), the business is offering countries the chance to send two people on a return trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige.
And wealthy individuals can pay to go on the ultimate out-of-this-world experience.
The United States is the only nation ever to put a man on the moon.
The great space race of the 1960s between America and Soviet Union transfixed the world – but once the race ended, interest in the moon began to wane.
Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan was the last man to leave his boot print on the lunar surface in 1972.
After President Barack Obama cancelled Nasa’s planned return to the moon, many began to look to the private sector as the future of space exploration.
But that still doesn’t stop a certain amount of scepticism about the venture – called Golden Spike – which was announced yesterday.
Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell, who tracks launches worldwide, said: “Dozens of private space companies have started up recently, but few, if any, will make it - just like in other fields.
“This is unlikely to be the one that will pan out.”