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Fly Me to the Moon – Tech Europe – WSJ

By Ben Rooney

Only 24 people have been close to the moon, and the last of those was nearly 40 years ago. That may be about to change.

U.K.-based space-research company Excalibur Almaz hopes to make trips to the moon if not commonplace, then certainly more routine. It plans to use modernized Soviet-era space vehicles — of which it has six — to take people on missions around the moon.

But CEO Art Dula is keen to stress that this isn’t about space tourism — high-net-worth individuals seeking the ultimate holiday snaps. Some 520 people have taken manned flights into space, but those have all been orbiting the earth.

“The people are not tourists,” he said. “This is much more about private expedition members — conducting expeditions that will go further into space than anyone has before.”

Mr. Dula draws…

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