Monday, March 30, 2009
For an out of this world travel destination, the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon is an excellent place to get away from it all.
For some travelers the lack of certain luxuries that they have come to expect at other places (air, water, cell phone reception, ect.) may be discouraging but with a little planning the heartier travelers will find the views well worth the little extra hardship.
Things to do:
Golf: With the low gravity it is possible to hit some incredible drives.
Four Wheeling: Drive over the virgin plains.
And of course there are fantastic views of Earth.
What you won’t see:
Stars, or at least not in the daytime. The suns glare makes it too bright to see the stars.
The Flag planted by the Apollo 11 crew. In the 40 years it has been exposed to the sun the ultraviolet radiation has destroyed the plastic the flag was made of.
During the day the Moon’s temperature is a balmy 107 degrees, at night it is a chilly –153 degrees so make sure to dress appropriately.
Local Culture and Cuisine:
Average Trip Cost:
Adjusted for inflation the cost to send 12 men to the Moon in the late 60s and 70s was $120 billion or $10 billion per person. That was an all expense paid round trip.
Going to the Moon is a great way to lose weight. If you weigh 150 lbs on Earth (That’s a bunch of stones, pebbles, kilos and assorted plant material in England) you can easily lose 125 lbs just by being on the Moon.
Cosmic Rays are a concern, you will tend to see flashes of light as the Cosmic Rays destroy the nerve endings in your eyes.
Solar Flares can give you a lethal dose of radiation; it is best to schedule your trip when solar activity is at a minimum.
Things to ask your travel agent:
Make sure it is a round trip. If you accidentally book a one-way trip it could be decades before you can get a return flight.
Make sure your accommodations include, air, water, food, and toilet facilities. These need to be brought with you from Earth and you do not want to find yourself without them.
Of course you will want to bring plenty of space on your media for photos.