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Google Promotes Moon Tourism and Jobs

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in Medicine; Health- and I/O 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 the late 2010s, various businesses have promoted a future of space tourism, complete with package tours and outer space hotels.

Before that decade, founder Dan Lasater of Ponderosa Steakhouses out of Kokomo, Indiana and Troy, Ohio secured a contract in the early 1970s for the first restaurant on a space station (Reference: my Ponderosa training classes).

Unfortunately, time on the space restaurant contract expired before a space station became operational; and even then, there was no room for a restaurant. In the mid-2015s, we still have no restaurant in space.

Leading up to the opening of the first space hotel or space restaurant will be emerging new businesses and a lineup of thousands of new jobs. Several hundred jobs opened in the last half of 2011 in the Aerospace Industry as NASA launched is group of over 60 Commercial Crew company partnerships.. Since health professionals are needed in designing all of our new space adventure, Health and Aerospace Industries are growing through at least 2050.

During the first week of November 2011, USA Today reported that NASA had actively began to plan for new business models in the emergence of Moon Tourism. This had begun, however before the last US Space Shuttle Flight occurred in July 2011.

NASA has been planning this for quite a long time, in preparation for the end of the shuttle program and arranging job fairs for laid off workers in that defunct program. Privatized Space Flight is as alive as it is purported to be and several contracts for space vehicles for the United States are under way.

Close, but not on the ISS

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Bismarck, North Dakota.US Space Shuttle FoodReal ISS foods.
Bismarck, North Dakota.
Bismarck, North Dakota. | Source
US Space Shuttle Food
US Space Shuttle Food | Source
Real ISS foods.
Real ISS foods. | Source
Apollo 15 Moon Landing with James Irwin
Apollo 15 Moon Landing with James Irwin | Source

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

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

We're Going Back

Back to the Moon
Back to the Moon

The author of this believable novel is Homer Hickam, the actual Homer Hickam from the film and book "October Sky." He designed rockets in a W VA high school and mining town, worked at NASA, and wrote about it all. In his 80s at this time, he is still writing.


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..

Incidentally, for UFO researchers, conspiracy theorists, and dabblers, the no-tourist boundaries would also keep visitors away from the structure that Buzz Aldrin saw on the moon during the Apollo 1969 mission and was instructed by radio from Houston to leave alone.

Lunar XPrize

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Google Lunar-X Prize: $30 Million. Better Than the Olympics.

This is exciting! LunarX is set to land on the moon in 2013, two years early.

Many of us will live to see us back on the moon! Hopefully, Neil Armstrong is happy about this, even though it does not necessarily include NASA astronauts. Nichelle Nichols (Uhuru of Star Trek®), I hope, is also pleased, since she worked in recruiting for the NASA programs.NASA is still involved, if only a bit less directly.

A total of 26 teams from around the world at the end of 2011 are working on the Google Lunar X prize of $30,000,000. The competition includes a mandatory lunar rover and a trip in it of 1/3 mile across the lunar surface. It needs to stay away from the US lunar landing sites in order to preserve their integrity. This is the reason that NASA was required to write guidelines for preserving these sites -- Someone, or all 26, will be up there in 2015, tracking around in rovers. I want Neil and Nichelle and Homer Hickam (October Sky), all in their 80s, to live to see this.

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.

The Ponderosa Restaurant On A Space Station

What Happened to Dan Lasater?

Dan Lasater succeeded in business early in life - perhaps too early, while still a teenager.

At age 19, the Kokomo McDonald's company leaders felt that Dan was too young to own a franchise, even though he had productive in-store experience with them. They turned him down and he went elsewhere, with a twist.

Dan built four Scottie's Hamburger restaurants to surround his former McDonald's and closed it down by luring away most of its business..

Lasater switched the pricing scheme in his own four stores, making French fries more expensive than burgers, since all the high school kids came in for fries every day. They headed to the burger places right after school on the walk home.

The kids all bought fries and then decided to buy the cheaper Scottie's hamburgers as well and profits boomed. 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. Soon the high schoolers were all going to Scotties.

Lasater went on to begin the Ponderosa Steakhouse chain with partners and a company headquarters on the site of the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio. I saw a gold plated telephone by the toilet in the bathroom attached to Lasater's office there. Just outside the bathroom door was a wet bar.

Dan sold the company for large profits and following that, he began raising race horses and made more profits 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. TV star William Shatner also has horses in Kentucky..

Given earlier encouragement as a teen and a mindset to avoid drugs, Dan Lasater may have become a great consultant on the Lunar-X Prize mission, and could possibly have realized his dream for the restaurant in space.

© 2011 Patty Inglish


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    • breakfastpop profile image

      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!

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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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      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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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent - Jobs of a lifetime.


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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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      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

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

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      Chankeylong 5 years ago from Banana Republic

      Still the price is too least for me )))

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