A Trip That's Totally

Out of This World

* How about a vacation on the moon?

A Virginia company says such a trip could be possible in just a few years and you won't even need to be an astronaut.

The company, Space Adventures, sent "space tourists" to the international space station in 2001 and 2002 and thinks a moon mission could be possible by 2008 or 2009.

If the mission goes off, it would be the first manned trip to the moon since Apollo 17 in December 1972. Only 24 people (all of them men) have traveled to the moon and only 12 have walked on it.

President Bush has called for NASA, the nation's space agency, to prepare to return to the moon by the year 2020. Bush says the moon could be used as a base for trips to Mars and beyond.

Space Adventures would send two passengers with a Russian cosmonaut in a Soyuz ship built by the Russians for moon missions.

The Soyuz has about as much room for crew members as a large SUV, and the crew would sleep in reclining chairs. Missions would be five to 21 days long.

Does it all sound cool so far? Well, the cost of a ticket to the moon would be about $100 million, Space Adventures says.

But it is round trip!

A future postcard? The far side of the moon as seen by Apollo 16.