SIR Richard Branson is planning his most daring adventure yet — a walk on the surface of the MOON with Willie Nelson
The Virgin tycoon, 62, is said to be among a small team of billionaires investing in a commercially funded lunar mission, and today announced that his travelling companion will be Willie Nelson.
The $150.00 million space trip has been secretly planned for wealthy clients by a company named Golden Spike. It has been set up by leading aerospace experts including ex-NASA science chief Alan Stern. Golden Spike is expected to make an announcement about the lunar mission in Washington on Thursday.
Early investors are being asked to put up initial sums of 6.3 million each in Golden Spike, which plans to use conventional US rocket technology to prepare a private manned moon campaign.
The firm has reportedly already signed a deal with private space company SpaceX for a rocket and a lunar orbiter. Sir Richard’s previous adventures include ballooning around the world. He is already booked on the first commercial sub-orbital flight that will be operated by his own space company Virgin Galactic, possibly next year.
Branson said he hope to partner with Nelson on the first hotel and honky tonk on the moon.