Lov­ing to the Moon

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Al­ways dreamt of a fairy-tale pro­posal? Be­gin­ning March 2022, you can pro­pose to your loved one while fly­ing around the Moon. Not without spend­ing a for­tune on it, though. A stag­ger­ing US $145 mil­lion is what one needs to shell out to avail this ser­vice by French com­pany Apo­teoSur­prise.

Flights take off from the Kennedy Space Cen­ter at Cape Canaveral, Florida and last for one week. Frank Si­na­tra's song "Fly Me to the Moon" will play half­way through, which sig­nals the tim­ing of the pro­posal. The en­gage­ment ring is se­cretly hid­den in the space­suit!

Af­ter the cou­ple reg­is­ters on the web­site www.pro­po­sein­paris.com, it needs to un­dergo med­i­cal tests and a phys­i­cal con­di­tion as­sess­ment fol­lowed by 12 weeks of pre-req­ui­site tech­ni­cal and phys­i­cal train­ing be­fore they head for the jour­ney.

The planned route of the space cap­sule will fol­low the path of the Apollo 8 mis­sion that was launched in 1968. Three days af­ter the take-off, the cou­ple will be or­bit­ing the Moon at an al­ti­tude of 200-300 km. That is the clos­est the cou­ple would get to the Moon. Land­ing is not in­cluded.

All com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Earth will cut off for around 30 min­utes while the cap­sule flies over the dark side of the Moon. The space­craft, trav­el­ling at a speed of up to 38,000 km/h, will be equipped with eight cam­eras to cap­ture the en­gage­ment. The cou­ple will also see a spec­tac­u­lar Earthrise from be­hind the lu­nar craters.

There is also an in­sur­ance cover. But, what if she says "No"!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.