WASHINGTON (December 6, 2012)--A team of former NASA executives has formed a private business that’s looking for countries willing to pay $1.5 billion for a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige.
No one has been there since NASA's last trip to the moon 40 years ago.
The Golden Spike Company said it's aiming for a first launch before the end of the decade.
The company president is former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern, and its board chairman is Apollo era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed the Johnson Space Center.
Stern says the company will buy existing rockets and capsules, only needing to develop new spacesuits and a lunar lander.