Internet rumors have been swirling for several weeks of a secret venture backed by private entrepreneurs that would return people to the moon's surface. It seems that the veil will finally be lifted this week, during a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6.
"The Golden Spike Company invites you to attend a game-changing announcement about the future of commercial human space travel to the Moon," reads the announcement for the media briefing. "Executives from the company will describe the team, the mission architecture, and the business model."
Many questions remain about the prospects for such a mission, including its feasibility, rationale, and how the company intends to fund the endeavor, which will likely run to billions of dollars. Early rumors suggested that backers included Warren Buffet and Richard Branson, though these have since been shown false. The plan may also include a $120 million deal with SpaceX to provide a heavy rocket to reach the moon. SpaceX had no statement about such a deal when Wired reached out to them on Dec. 2.