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‘To The Moon And Back’: Private Firm Reveals Its Plan Of Taking Tourists To The Moon In 2026, How Cool Is That?

By Sai , Dec 04, 2016 01:21 PM EST

It is with great joy that Moon Express has recently revealed that it has been the only company to be granted permission to travel beyond Earth's orbit and land on the Moon. Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain, founder of the company, said his startup is willing to work with Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, as matter of fact, he adds, he believes that they really complement each other as Elon would be assigned in building the rocket while they do the rover.

Moon Express In 2026

In one of his interviews in Helsinki, Finland, reported by Daily Mail, Mr. Jain explains that the company hopes to mine their satellite for materials like platinum-group metals, rare earth metals, helium-3 and moon rocks. Mr. Jain said within the next ten years, the cost of going to the moon could become as cheap as $10,000 (£7,921). Additionally, Mr. Jain has also revealed that NASA's first mission to the moon has amounted up to $25 billion (£19 billion), and if we were to go next year, he believes that it would cost $7 million (£5.55 million).

According to The Telegraph, the billionaire entrepreneur has also said that in 2017, Moon Express will be launching an unmanned vessel into orbit in the first of a series of missions which basically aims to teach humanity the value of standing outside our planetary system and learning how to live somewhere else.

Considering that the launch will be successful, experts say that it can radically change our travel habits in the near future, as well as laying the groundwork for colonization of the moon. Furthermore, it was found that apart from being granted the permission to commercially explore the moon, the Federal Aviation Administration's unprecedented go-ahead for the Moon Express mission has also set a legal and regulatory framework for a host of other commercial expeditions to the asteroids and Mars.

Ultimately, NASA is similarly committed to exploring Mars in greater detail, and has launched a Journey to Mars programme that aims to send humans to the planet by the 2030s. But with his brave objectives from his peers, Mr. Jain remains to be confident that his own target will be a success.

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