Daring travellers could quickly be packing for a planetary trip, as long as they're equipped to pay the astronomical price of the ticket.
A private company “Moon Express” desires to start offering excursions to the moon for £8,000 a pop.
The corporation was created in 2010 by billionaire businessperson Naveen Jain who is in preparation to launch its 1st unmanned orbital assignment in 2017.
Ultimately, it hopes to be rocketing people to the moon by 2026. Thus far, Moon Express is the only private business to have approved permission (under US law) to leave Earth and land on the lunar surface. It was assumed the go-ahead by the US Federal Aviation Administration in August in a transfer that could expose the space race to innovative heights.
Moon Express say it will partner up with another private entity Musk’s SpaceX, to fly people there.
"It's very complimentary as a matter of fact… Elon will build the rocket and we do the rover," Jain said.
"Essentially, he lays the cables and we do the last mile."
SpaceX has formerly clarified that its assignment is to colonise Mars to aid humans develop into a multi-planet species.
But prior to that happening, Jain says we need to be ready to take a honeymoon for real.
"Mars is absolutely the right place to be ultimately. But (the) moon is the first training ground and the first stepping stone. At the end of the day, we would rather be a lunatic three days away than be a Martian six months away," Jain told CNBC.
"So I really believe the problems living on the moon are similar – the high radiation, vast temperature difference – and if we can solve that problem on the moon we can easily go on living on Mars after," he said.
Nonetheless, just like captivating a trip on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, a vacation on Moon Express is going to cost you!
Jain calculates ticket price will be $10,000 (£7,925) in addition he says the aeronautical trip won't be any more strenuous than taking a flight from San Francisco to Sydney.