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Federal Space Agency is looking for a space tourist. Willing to go to the moon no.

July 27 2005

Federal Space Agency intends to send the first space tourist to the moon. Travel will be sufficient to pay 100 million dollars to fly to the moon with a crew of two people. The spacecraft will lead a professional astronaut.

In contrast to the U.S. manned missions, has successfully implemented three decades ago, a project of the Russian Space Agency does not involve landing on the surface: the astronauts flyby limited to the visible side of the moon.

The project, developed by RSC Energia, was presented by its new head of the Russian Space Agency head. It is reported that, despite the unusual idea, all the technical means for its implementation have already been tested separately in the other space-based experiments. To prepare for the flight would take about two years, but first there must exist challenger, ready to compensate all the expenses.

A similar expedition was to be held in the Soviet lunar program in the late 1960's, which was suspended after several landings of American astronauts on the surface of the Earth's satellite. Although if the preparation gone far enough, many have expressed doubts about the possibility of such a complex technical project now. Experts argue that the risk is very high, and the current Russian space program is certainly not ready to ensure a safe flight to the Moon, the newspaper Izvestia.

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