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Metal from Space - This metallic meteorite is part of "Campo del Cielo" ["Field of the Sky"], a 100+ ton Near Earth Asteroid ("NEA") that landed about 5,000 years ago in what is now Argentina. It is 92.9% iron, 6.7% nickel and 0.4% cobalt. More than 10,000 NEA's are known. Some are made mainly of metal. In 1986 a 2km metallic NEA, "1986DA," was discovered. (Read full article).


A Piece of the Moon - Slice of Lunar Meteorite NWA (North West Africa) 6355 NWA 6355 was discovered in Morocco in 2009. It contains glass and rock fragments from the lunar highlands that are similar to the lunar surface samples returned to Earth by Apollo 16, the 5th U.S. mission to the Moon. (Read full article).


Under pressure over the morality of tax planning - Doing Business in the Isle of Man - November 15, 2012 An array of aerospace, space tourism and satellite communications
businesses is located on the island. It could even win the race to fly a tourist around the Moon after Excalibur Almaz, a locally based company, says it will be ready to take passengers on private lunar expeditions by 2015. The sector is forecast to generate £1.7bn turnover over the next three years. (Read full article).


Diamonds in the Sky - Spaceflight Vol 54 No 11 - November 2012 With space tourism promising to take people on the ultimate adventure trip to the edge of space and entrepreneurial endeavours to carry fee-paying passengers on the journey of a lifetime, we look at one organization literally promising the Moon! (Read full article).


Hey you, astronaut - New Scientist October 18, 2012 Tourist trips into space are poised for take-off. Prepare for boarding with Sarah Cruddas. Ok, so no one is pretending that a trip into space comes cheap. But space tourism has come along way since American billionaire Dennis Tito paid an eye-watering $20 mission for an eight-day vacation on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001. (Read full article).


Soviet Gear, Internet Funds Drive Other Vehicles - Aviation Week & Space Technology October 1, 2012 NASA's deep pockets have always driven human spaceflight developments, and they continue to do so even as the U.S. agency backs away from the government-owned vehicles that typified the first 50 years of human spaceflight. While most of the commercial crew vehicles under development in the post-shuttle era got their starts with NASA seed money, a couple of companies are seriously working on crew vehicles without a major role for Uncle Sam. (Read full article).


Space Tourism Is Here! Wealthy Adventurers Wanted - New York Times September 7, 2012 How about taking a trip to the far side of the moon? That’s exactly the package being offered by Excalibur Almaz, based on the Isle of Man, which recently announced its intention to send people — very, very wealthy people — to a “gravity neutral point” near the moon for the ultimate get-away-from-it-all (Read full article).


Traveling to the Dark Side of the Moon - Money Media July 12, 2012 Manx firm plans to boldly go where no man has gone before - 'The fortunes of the next generation are going to be built in space.' So says the founder of the Manx firm at the forefront of an industry that could take the Island's economy to a level that is out of this world. (Read full article).


Fly me to the Moon – for £100m - Financial Times June 19, 2012 Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that it would be ready to take passengers on private lunar expeditions by 2015. Excalibur Almaz will charge wannabe astronauts an average of £100m for a six-eight month journey exploring deep space (Read full article).


Fly me to the Moon - Wall Street Journal June 20, 2012 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 (Read full article).


Fly to the Moon for $150 Million - Fox Business Network June 26, 2012 Art Dula, CEO of Excalibur Almaz, on space travel becoming a reality for the public as soon as 2015 with tickets costing more than $150 million (Watch video).


Space Tourist Trips to the Moon May Fly on Recycled Spaceships - June 29, 2012 Space tourists may soon be able to pay their own way to the moon onboard old Russian spacecraft retrofitted by a company based in the British Isles (Read full article).


UK start-up will fly you to the moon for $150 million - io9 June 29, 2012 The entire Apollo mission cost the U.S. government around $20 billion dollars — but if a U.K. start-up has its way, you could charter a trip for a flight around the Moon for the modest price of $150 million. In order to get you there, the company is looking to use tried-and-true technologies developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s for its Mir and Zarya programs.(Read full article).


James Oberg Interview: How Feasible Is The £100m Ticket To The Moon? - Huffington Post June 22, 2012 Recently HuffPost - and most of the world's media - reported that Excalibur Almaz (EA), a company based on the Isle of Man, will attempt to send tourists to the Moon for £100m a ticket. And even though EA said they were not attempting to land, but rather using recycled Russian space stations to visit, orbit and return from the satellite, we admit we were skeptical. But how feasible is the plan really? And can the Russian tech do what EA say it can? To find out we asked James Oberg, who after a distinguished career is now recognized as one of the world's leading enthusiasts and promoters of space exploration (Read full article).


UK Company Promises Moon Tourism by 2015 - CNBC June 20, 2012 Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that it would be ready to take passengers on private lunar expeditions by 2015. Excalibur Almaz will charge wannabe astronauts an average of £100 million for a six to eight month journey exploring deep space. Three wealthy individuals, or astronauts from emerging powers, will be crammed into a reusable capsule the size of a waste skip and launched by rocket to a space station. After the two vehicles link up, they will travel on to the Moon (Read full article).


Candid Moments Around the World - CNN June 19, 2012 A space capsule on display in (Parliament Square, Westminster) London. Today a British company called Excalibur Almaz announced plans to fly people to the moon in three years (Watch full video).


Isle Of Man Firm Offering £100m Trips To Moon - Sky News June 19, 2012 A British space company has announced details of a plan to take people to the moon for the first time since 1972. Excalibur Almaz is offering members of the public a passport to orbit the moon - but budding space-travelers will have to find around £100m first (Read full article).


Fly to the moon for £100m - Daily Telegraph June 19, 2012 Tourists could follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and become the first people to visit the moon in more than 40 years – provided they can afford £100 million to fund the mission (Read full article).


Moon return ticket: £100m per person - The Guardian June 20, 2012 The founder of the British space company Excalibur Almaz, Art Dula, announces plans to take people to the moon for the first time since 1972. The company, based on the Isle of Man, will charge £100m for a six-month return trip. Dula shows off the Russian-made space capsule at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London (Watch full video).


Brit firm offers trips to the Moon... for £100million - The Sun June 20, 2012 Isle of Man-based Excalibur Almaz will blast passengers into lunar orbit for a £100million “fare”. The first voyages - aboard Russian shuttles once used to spy on the West - could launch in 2015. Until now space tourists have travelled only to the International Space Station and back. Excalibur Almaz has bought and recycled four re-entry capsules and two space stations from Russian firm NPO Mashinostroyenia (Read full article).


If You Have A Spare $150 Million, This Private Space Company Is Willing To Take You Deep Into Space - Business Insider June 19, 201 When Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announced it would offer trips into space 60 miles above Earth, there was quite a buzz. That opportunity looks like a drive to the grocery store now. Excalibur Almaz, a private spaceflight company based in the small British Isle of Man, recently announced its plan to offer a trip 234,000 miles into the great unknown, Sky News reports, taking passengers from a temporary space station to a destination past the moon. It will be the furthest a human has ever been from Earth (Read full article).


US businessman bids for space tourism with Soviet craft - RT June 21, 2012 US space entrepreneur Art Dula, founder and chief executive of Excalibur Almaz, is planning to send 30 people to the moon and back by 2025 in the first manned moon mission since Apollo 17 in 1972. He has bought two 1970’s-era Soviet space stations and four re-entry capsules from Russia and plans to take his first paying customers to space by 2015. (Read full article)

  Past Articles:

07/10/2012 Dark Horse Rising? Excalibur Almaz Completes SAA Requirements (America Space)
07/10/2012 Which commercial company do you think will be the first to transport tourists into space?( Sky at Night Magazine)
07/10/2012 Space stations on display (Manx Radio)
06/30/2012 Two private firms are offering moon jaunts to the rich and dedicated (The Economist)
06/28/2012 International Conference: SPACE: From Foray to Habitation (Isle of
06/23/2012 Excalibur Almaz wants to offer the first private trip to the Moon -- provided you've got £100 million (Engadget)
06/22/2012 Excalibur Almaz, Private Space Company, To Sell Tickets To The Moon For $155 Million (Huffington Post)
06/21/2012 XCOR to provide spaceflight experience for Excalibur Almaz missions (Wired)
06/20/2012 Excalibur Almaz hopes to offer flights to the moon starting in 2015(ABC News)
06/20/2012 XCOR and Excalibur Almaz sign MOU for suborbital training services (Market Watch)
06/10/2012 Excalibur Almaz CEO speech at ISDC (NSS video)
05/18/2012 Excalibur Almaz CEO inducted into IAA (EA Features)
06/27/2011 Excalibur Almaz showcases spaceship and stations (EA Features)
06/18/2011 Spacecraft on public display at Jurby (MANX Radio)
06/17/2011 Isle of Man research space stations unveiled to public (BBC One)
06/17/2011 Space company opens its doors to visitors (IOM Today)
04/28/2011 Manx company to offer holidays in space (BBC News)
04/25/2011 Future of Space Tourism: Who's Offering What (
04/18/2011 NASA to Announce Funding for Private Spaceship Builders (
03/04/2011 Crunch time for new spaceships (MSNBC)
02/23/2011 Excalibur back in British Isles (Astrowright)
01/12/2011 Space firm will use old Soviet gear (New Scientist)
01/05/2011 Excalibur Almaz Space Stations arrive on the Isle of Man (
10/19/2010 Top 10 Fantasy Spaceships Headed for Reality (
10/09/2010 Interview with Art Dula (Moon and Back)
08/04/2010 Excalibur Almaz CEO receives pioneer award (IOM Today)
11/23/2009 Space tourism is no hoax (The Space Review)
09/29/2009 I've been in a spacecraft (CBBC)
09/24/2009 Excalibur Almaz Unveils Spacecraft (OnOrbit)
09/09/2009 US, Russian capsules vie for orbital domination (Flightglobal)
09/07/2009 Meanwhile, on the Isle of Man (Wired)
09/04/2009 Island Britain: sleepy Isle of Man moves into the space age (The Times)
08/18/2009 Soviet-era spaceships to do commercial flights (MSNBC)
08/18/2009 Beating swords into plough shares with Soviet Almaz (Spaceflight Now)
08/10/2009 Venture Eyes Russian Almaz Capsules for Paid Orbital Flights (Space News)
01/29/2009 Students get weightless testing personal navigation aid (
12/09/2006 Excalibur Almaz to Bring 2nd Private Space Station to Orbit? (
01/23/2006 Isle of Man: Space Industry (The Lawyer)