James Cameron Heads To Outer Space, Maybe

Posted Jun 6th 2011 01:00 PMUpdated Jun 7th 2011 09:15 AM

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Avatar director and famed Sci-Fi nerd James Cameron may be the first tourist to make the trip to the dark side of the moon.

Newscore, News Corp.'s internal wire service, reported Sunday that the man behind "Terminator" had purchased the first $150 million ticket offered by Space Adventures, an American company that plans to launch its well-heeled clients from a base in Kazakhstan.

The story is plausibly implausible. Cameron is incredibly wealthy and adventurous (main extracurricular activity: deep sea diving), but the NewsCore piece says his looming take-off is "rumored" and fails to cite any specific source. Spokespeople for both Space Adventures and James Cameron's company refused to confirm to NewsCore that the director would be on board the flight, which is set to depart in 2015.


Confirmation or no, this news means that space tourism is already reaching its Willy Wonka phase. The whole world waits with bated breath to see who gets the next ticket.

Cameron has the star power to make lunar orbit the new Chateau Marmont, meaning that the Violet Beauregardes of Hollywood will soon be moon-bound. But what of the rest of us? Where is our Golden Ticket?


7-Eleven apparently. Last week, the convenience store announced a promotion through Foursquare that will make people who check-in while buying Slurpees eligible to win a Space Adventures flight.
But the promotion is a bit of a hoax. While winners will climb aboard Boeing 727s and experience zero-gravity, their sudden weightlessness will be the product of their plane's parabolic flight path not of actually being in space.

The cheapest true space ticket being offered at the moment goes for $200,000 and will get you aboard Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. Flights from Branson's spaceport in New Mexico are scheduled to begin later this year, but the spaceport itself opened to tourists last month.

So we're all going to have to wait to join Mr. Cameron until we direct our own box office hit, which should probably be named " Virgin Space Adventures II."

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Mitchell Schultz

Actually, Virgin Galactic will not begin flights this year. Perhaps in 2012 but more probably in early 2013. Plus they are NOT the least expensive as XCOR's Lynx Spaceplane at $95,000 is also exected to be flying in early 2013 as well. To see it visit ww.XtraordinaryAdventures.com. They are the least cost to experience the thust of rockets, weightlessness and view the curvature of the Earth. Perhaps James Cameron would like a warm up and take a ride on both the Lynx and SpaceShipTwo to note the differences and enjoy the suborbital experience.

June 08 2011 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don

Another great article andrew.

Hope the trip will be successful for Mr Cameron. Tourist and venues moving to a new and interesting level. Keep us posted....... we will looking forward to hear how it went

Regards,
Don
http://www.bbinternational.ca

June 07 2011 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andromedagala

Oops, a computer freeze. How do you erase two comments?

June 07 2011 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andromedagala

DON'T DO IT, I REPEAT, DON'T DO IT. DO NOT...GO...TO-THE-MOON
Here's a theory for Ya...hope they don't come for me (just a joke)
NAY or SAY, Either/or.
I'm going to come like, "Are you ACTUALLY going to that depth away isolation—if so, good luck!
By the way, thanks for bringing back technology for the construction of Starships that was hidden in a Moon-Cave. Look at how the artifact glows and hovers as it waits for man or woman to catch it—or maybe I search secrets on Mars, there is face in the sand you know! Or was that a created image?

June 07 2011 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andromedagala

DON't DO IT, I REPEAT, DON'T DO IT. DO NOT...GO...TO-THE-MOON :O

Here's a theory for ya...hope they don't come for me (just a joke)
NAY or SAY, Either/or.
I'm going to come like, "Are you ACTUALLY going to that depth away isolation--if so, good luck!
By the way, thanks for bringing back technology for the construction of Starships that was hidden in a Moon-Cave. Look at how the artifact glows and hovers as it waits for man or woman, to catch it--or maybe I search secrets on Mars, there is face in the sand you know! Or was that a created image?

June 07 2011 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andromedagala

DON't DO IT, I REPEAT, DON'T DO IT. DO NOT...GO...TO-THE-MOON :O

Here's a theory for ya...hope they don't come for me (just a joke)
NAY or SAY, Either/or.
I'm going to come like, "Are you ACTUALLY going to that depth away isolation--if so, good luck!
By the way, thanks for bringing back technology for the construction of Starships that was hidden in a Moon-Cave. Look at how the artifact glows and hovers as it waits for man or woman, to catch it--or maybe I search secrets on Mars, there is face in the sand you know! Or was that a created image?

June 07 2011 at 1:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jamesfnbond

I thought Timothy Leary was dead?

June 06 2011 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sheila

Ah...I can almost see four ex-wives smiling...

June 06 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bartonhtn

I thought James Cameron was a liberal. ????? Shouldn't he be giving his money away like the rest of us hard working folks ??? I mean, how many people could he help with $150 million ? Maybe the door on the space capsule will pop open and Mr Cameron will just float off into space, never to be seen again (except by martians)

June 06 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
zowach

Going? That's his place of residence...

June 06 2011 at 9:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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