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Return ticket to moon for £100 million

A British firm has unveiled plans to send passengers into lunar orbit for a £100-million fare. The first voyages — aboard Russian shuttles once used to spy on West — could launch in 2015, Isle of Manbased Excalibur Almaz said. Until now space tourists have travelled only to the international space station and back. According to the sun tabloid, Excalibur has bought and recycled for re-entry capsules and two space stations from Russian firm NPO Mashinostroyenia. Art Dula, founder and chief executive of Isle of Man-based Excalibur Almaz, told a space tourism meeting in London, "We're ready to sell the tickets.” Customers will first dock with one of the space stations in low-Earth orbit. From there they will be blasted into the Moon's orbit, taking them roughly 376 586.5km from home. The flights, which could last eight months, will then continue into space, taking them further from Earth than achieved before. Four re-entry capsules, or re-usable return vehicles (RRVs), will ferry three people at a time to the orbiting space station and return them to earth. The firm on Tuesday drew crowds by displaying one of its vessels in Westminster, London.

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