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Your Vacation on the Moon

When the Artemis Project fulfills its potential, you will be able to travel in space yourself! Within the next two decades, you will be able to take a two-week trip to the moon, at a price you would expect to pay for the luxury-class European capital tour.

Read on to see how you can go to the moon, and beyond.

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       Launch You and your spouse fly to the launch site at Groote Eylandt, Australia, where you board the shiny new Single Stage To Orbit rocket, the Melva Gay. There are fifty passengers aboard, with a crew of five to take care of them. For launch, your seat gives you as much room as a first-class airline seat. After you reach orbit, you'll find that all the open space above the passenger deck makes a wonderful place to play in zero g.
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         Launch The SSTO flies to orbit, where within two hours she makes rendezvous with the fuel depot. You spend your first day in zero g at the fuel depot while the ship is serviced and retanked for the flight to the moon. This gives you some time for sightseeing as the ship orbits the Earth.
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         Launch The next morning (ship's time) the Melva Gay is "Go" for translunar injection. After the initial boost from LEO, you're in zero-g for the next two days on the way to the moon. You have plenty of time for sight-seeing and playing around in the weightless environment. The crew breaks out a big telescope so you can do some astronomical gawking if you want.
Commercial SSTO at TransLunar Injection For insertion into lunar orbit, the crew chases you and the other passengers back to your seats and makes sure everyone is buckled up. We orbit the moon for another sight-seeing tour and then fly the descent track. The Melva Gay lands a few hundred yards from the main airlock of theLuna City Hotel.
From the ship, you can see the lighted windows of the Luna City Hotel set back in the southwestern wall of a huge crater. A pressurized bus comes out to take you to there.
You find your hotel room to be surprisingly large, especially the height of the ceiling. Your hotel room window provides you a magnificent view of Mother Earth wandering in the black, starry sky just above the dusty plains and hills at the northeastern rim of Mare Crisium.
Next morning it's time for suit drill. You should have passed your suit certification before you left Earth, but these guys are careful; they sincerely hope not to have any of their guests killed on the tour. (They could use the organic elements, but it's bad for business.) That afternoon you go on a walking tour to visit the local sights. Once you're confident with moving around on the moon, you take one of the bus tours.
Later, the bus tours go out for several days at a time. You'll live in more spartan conditions, camped out in bunks on the bus, but you'll see a lot more of the moon close up. If you've booked for the long trip, you might ride the cable car system out to all the Apollo museums, strung out across the face of the moon.
Commercial SSTO at TransLunar Injection After ten days on the moon, you again board the Melva Gay. You've traded off ten pounds of your baggage allowance for rocks you lifted from the surface of the moon with your own hand. The Melva Gay, her tanks again filled with liquid oxygen from the moon, blasts off for Earth.
Commercial SSTO at TransLunar Injection Most of the oxygen your ship carries on this leg of the trip is destined for the next passenger rocket to the moon. After another day and a half of zero-g, the Melva Gay brakes to re-enter Earth Orbit, where she deposits her external tanks. From there she re-enters the atmosphere for a landing back at the Groote Eylandt space port.

That's what we're offering, folks. We have the technological capability to make it happen with the next two decades. We only need to get past the financial and political hurdles.

If you would like to help make it happen, you might be interested in Artemis Society International's Future Earth-Moon Transportation Systems Committee. You'll find a task list for the committee in section 6.8.7 of the Artemis Data Book. The beginning of a Business Plan for the commercial moon rocket is in section


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