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Google Promotes Moon Tourism and Jobs

Updated on September 20, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 30 years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Space Restaurants

Space Age food court, Johnson Space Center at Houston
Space Age food court, Johnson Space Center at Houston | Source

The Restaurant at the End of the Moon

Since 2011 and the last American Space Shuttle voyage, various businesses have promoted a future of space tourism, complete with package tours and outer space hotels.

Before 2011 and back in the 1970s, CEO Dan Lasater of Ponderosa Steakhouses out of Kokomo, Indiana and Troy, Ohio secured a contract for the first restaurant on a space station.

Unfortunately, space restaurant contract expired before a space station became operational; and even then, there was no room for a restaurant. Even 40 years later, we still have no restaurant in space.

The future is almost here.
The future is almost here. | Source

Leading up to the opening of the first space hotel or restaurant will be emerging new businesses and thousands of new jobs. This is the result of NASA's efforts at privatization in its Commercial Crew company partnerships. Health and Aerospace Industries are growing through at least 2050, because of the need for hundreds of such professionals for space exploration needs.

During the first week of November 2011, USA Today reported that NASA had actively began to plan for new business models for Moon Tourism.

NASA had been planning this for quite a long time, to ensure space programs continued after the end of the shuttle program. Privatized space flight is as alive as it is purported to be in the media.

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Close, but not on the ISS: Bismarck, North Dakota restaurant.Dreams of space businesses: hotels, restaurants, ports.Real US Space Shuttle Food.Real ISS foods.
Close, but not on the ISS: Bismarck, North Dakota restaurant.
Close, but not on the ISS: Bismarck, North Dakota restaurant. | Source
Dreams of space businesses: hotels, restaurants, ports.
Dreams of space businesses: hotels, restaurants, ports. | Source
Real US Space Shuttle Food.
Real US Space Shuttle Food. | Source
Real ISS foods.
Real ISS foods. | Source

Researchers, rovers, robots, and tourists will not be able to get close to, or step into, Neil Armstrong's first lunar step.

New Historical Sites for Tourists

An archaeologist called Beth O'Leary at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces NM wants to make lunar landing sites into US National Parks or US National Preserves. As with our current US National Parks, these new facilities would protect the environmental and history while drawing tourists and their money.

For the USA, the O'Leary proposal includes 6 separate landing sites dated 1969 to 1972, where artifacts have been left by US astronauts. Some of these artifacts are, in fact, debris and waste that might better be destroyed. Do we wish to spend large amounts of money to travel to the moon to look at human waste containers? - Likely not, but researchers might be interested in decay rates and similar.

Looting of the landing sites is a voiced archeological concern and to prevent this, NASA drafted a set of guidelines for protecting the lunar landing sites of USA.

The reason for the guidelines is that NASA, in 2010, was being asked questions about the moon by business/scientific teams in the emerging industry of privatized space travel.

According to NASA guidelines, spacecraft may not fly over the US landing sites and visitors on the lunar surface must stay outside a boundary zone around each one.

Researchers, rovers, robots, and tourists will not be able to get close to, or step into, Neil Armstrong's first lunar step.

Given the moon dust present, visitors so stepping would obliterate the historic footprint the first day. All of the Apollo sites are Cold War Space Race history timeline sites and will likely receive a special designation and name under the US Parks Service and National historic Landmarks program.

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Lunar XPrize
Lunar XPrize | Source
Lunar XPrize
Lunar XPrize | Source

Google Lunar-X Prize Goes back to the Moon

LunarX winners were ready to land on the moon in 2013, two years early.Funding was the only delay in flying.

A total of 26 teams from around the world at the end of 2011 worked on the Google Lunar X prize of $30,000,000. The competition created a mandatory lunar rover and a trip in it to cover 1/3 mile across the lunar surface.

Teams in Lunar-X represent coalitions of nations as well as single countries - Russia, USA (several teams), Malaysia, Japan, Israel, Chile, Germany, Hungary and others. Only one team, that of Italy, is led by a woman. The closet team to me is located at Penn State and we can expect many of their demonstrations and presentations to enjoy before 2015. Humans are going back to the moon.

Many of the teams can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, or both. See teams, their suit patches, blogs, and links at: Lunar X Prize Teams.

Dan Lasater lost the moon.
Dan Lasater lost the moon. | Source

Lost Moon, Lost Restaurant in Space

At age 19, the Kokomo McDonald's company leaders felt that crew member Dan Lasater was too young to own a franchise. Dan left the Golden Arches and built four Scottie's Hamburger restaurants surrounding his former McDonald's, which went out of business.

Lasater switched the pricing scheme in his stores, making French fries more expensive than burgers. Since all the high school kids came in for fries every day, they added the cheap burgers, increasing sales.

Fries were 15 cents at the time and burgers were a dime. At the McDonald's, the fries were cheaper and that's all the youth bought.

Lasater founded Ponderosa Steakhouses with headquarters on the site of the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio. On a visit, I saw a gold plated telephone by the toilet in the bathroom of Lasater's office. Just outside the bathroom door was a large wet bar.

Dan sold the company for large profits and he began raising race horses profitably in Florida.

By the 1980s, Lasater was involved with cocaine and future US President Bill Clinton later pardoned him from drug charges. The latest word on the street is that he raises horses in both Kentucky and Florida at this time. He may be thinking of horses on the moon.

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© 2011 Patty Inglish

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      Chankeylong 5 years ago from Banana Republic

      Still the price is too high...at least for me )))

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Something to look forward to, perhaps - at least the price has come "down" to $200,000 a trip.

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      senderwollas 5 years ago from Earth :)

      Ha, count me in for a trip to the moon. But imho that's is not possible at least for now.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      breakfastpop - Some agree with you, certainly!

      Business Time - NASA is contracting with private business, so they don't need to come up with so much $$$ themselves. Awesome!

      f - This is not government money going to the moon, it's Google's!

      Why would private space industry in the American West spend money in Detroit, when the auto industry just opened more jobs (Hubs on that one) and the film industry is growing because of the efforts by producer Sean H. Robertson and others? Yes, people are moving out, others are moving in. I saw massive reconstruction going on in Detroit, Summer 2011.

      If Google wants to give an X-prize in quicker city revitalization, you'd get your wish too! Shoot them an email. I'd like that suggestion of yours to be picked up by some large company.

      Lady_E -- Yes; I'm envious of those graduating college in the next decade, even more of those graduating in the next! I did not want to be an engineer in the 1980s, but I would do so in 2020!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent - Jobs of a lifetime.

      Thanks

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      5 years ago

      Interesting hub. Voted up.

      Just an observation, though: last time anyone checked the state of parts of Detroit, it was kind of disintegrating. If money needs to be spent, maybe money could be spent in places like Detroit, first (make it more competitive for business, etc.) and THEN, if there is plenty of money left over, contemplate making the moon into a tourist resort.

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      Sarah Kolb-Williams 5 years ago from Twin Cities

      Hey, if NASA can actually find the funding to get people into space, I'm all for it! (Remember the days when people cared a little less about blowing each other up and a little more about space exploration.....)

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Considering that we have almost ruined this planet, I guess it is time to head for the moon! Up interesting and awesome!