Space Adventures announces Moon tour due in 2018

Space Adventures, a U.S.-based space tourism company, is set to arrange a trip of two tourists around the Moon using Russian Soyuz space vehicles, says a report posted on the company website.

Space Adventures, a U.S.-based space tourism company, is set to arrange a trip of two tourists around the Moon using Russian Soyuz space vehicles, says a report posted on the company website.

"Using flight proven Russian space vehicles we will fly two private citizens and one professional cosmonaut on a free return trajectory around the far-side of the Moon. They will come to within 100km of the Moon's surface. We expect our first mission to launch by 2018," it said.

"You will begin your journey to the far side of the Moon by first launching into space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. You will dock with the International Space Station where you will live and adapt to life in space for approximately 10 days. A second rocket will launch a Lunar Module comprising of a lunar living module and a propulsion module. Your Soyuz spacecraft will rendezvous with the Lunar Module in low-Earth orbit. The combination of the Soyuz spacecraft and the Lunar Module will provide ample living space for your approximately six day journey," the report cited mission details.

The price of the spaceflight was not disclosed.

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