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Peeks into the glittering world of SPACE tourism as scientists unveil ‘moon vacations of the future’

ACCOMMODATIONS for longer stays on the moon are in the research and development phase.

Private space companies and government agencies are considering plans for permanent shelters in space and on the moon.

Nasa is eyeing a large crater near the moon's south pole as a potential site for a lunar base

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Nasa is eyeing a large crater near the moon’s south pole as a potential site for a lunar basePhoto credit: Foster + Partners
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin hopes to launch a space hotel into Earth orbit

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Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin hopes to launch a space hotel into Earth orbitCredit: AFP or Licensor
Intermediate space stations could help provide permanent habitats on the moon or Mars

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Intermediate space stations could help provide permanent habitats on the moon or MarsPhoto credit: NASA

Plans to build a permanent lunar outpost were first conceived and proposed to the US government in the 1990s.

Although the plan was eventually shelved, the space has become much more accessible in the years since.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully built a reusable rocket. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin just conducted their fourth space tourism mission.

And Nasa’s Artemis space program is one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived, with a budget of $35 billion and all.

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The frequency of manned and unmanned launches has changed expectations for permanent space outposts over the next decade.

SpaceX Director Nicholas Cummings told reporters The company hopes to develop a lunar base “manned by hundreds or thousands of scientists and explorers.”

Nasa supports the idea and has developed a lunar sustainability report that advocates establishing a lunar base that can house researchers for up to 45 days.

Despite already high ambitions, some believe humans will surpass what is already on the private and government-sponsored space agenda.

dr Gail Iles, 3AW’s physics expert and science correspondent, said, “I think in ten years we’ll have a NASA lunar base, a Chinese lunar base, and we’ll have at least two more commercial lunar bases” for tourists.

The hype surrounding these projects is real – think of the supporting infrastructure that will be added to Earth orbit.

Blue Origin partners to build Orbital Reef, a permanent space station open to space tourists and explorers.

Meanwhile, Nasa is working with SpaceX to construct Gateway, another permanent module that could serve as a pit stop for missions to the Moon and/or Mars.

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But otherworldly projects are not well received in all circles.

Using public money for these ventures has some arguments against allocating resources to ultra-wealthy space tourists.

The moon is 240,000 miles away but could harbor long-term human life by the end of the decade

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The moon is 240,000 miles away but could harbor long-term human life by the end of the decadePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

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Chris Barrese

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