Saturday, December 8, 2012
Fly Them to the Moon
by Pa Rock
Here is a story about something so unique, so special, that only the obscenely rich could ever hope to take advantage of it. A private company calling itself “Golden Spike” is proposing to start giving individuals the opportunity to visit the moon. The price tag for a pair of travelers: one-and-a-half billion dollars.
(No word yet on where the travelers would stay, but, considering how expensive the trip is, a couple of nights at a lunar Ho-Jo’s ought to be included in the basic package.)
Golden Spike was founded by a group of ex-NASA employees who believe they have the technical expertise to get the program off and flying within the next decade. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who proposed colonizing the moon during his recent ill-fated presidential campaign, is a member of the board of advisers.
This morning I heard radio host Michael Feldman (Whad’ya Know?) discussing the venture. He proposed that the price was so steep that only the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson (Gingrich’s sugar daddy) would be able to afford to go. The live audience applauded that proposal enthusiastically!
The Koch Brothers sitting atop thousands of pounds of rocket fuel, in a tiny capsule, hurtling off into space – a trip planned and executed by a company dumb enough to put New Gingrich on its board of advisers - what’s not to love about that?
Fasten those seat belts, boys. It’s sure to be a bumpy ride!