By Mark Lomax on 1 May 2018 07:00:57Jordan Landers has landed his dream dream mission to the Moon.
Landers and his team will soon be joined by former US president Barack Obama and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a spectacular ‘lookout’ landing on the lunar surface.
Landers, who will be the first person to set foot on the surface of the Moon since Apollo 11, said: ‘It’s something that has always been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time.’
I have always had the ambition to go back and try and see the Moon in the same way that astronauts do now.’
But the Moon is a different place now, the climate is different, there are different rules that you have to follow and you have a different mindset and the challenges that you face are very different to the challenges I faced in the 1960s.’
So for me to go and attempt this mission now is really special, because it’s going to be the most challenging time in my life, and it will also be the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced.’
We’re going to go through the most extreme conditions that you could possibly imagine.
We’re going on a journey that will take us into the most dangerous parts of the Solar System, where we will be living out the last days of the Earth’s existence.’
He added: ‘The Moon is the most beautiful place on Earth, and I have always felt that if we could get a foothold on it, it would be so much better than anything we have ever imagined, even if it means that I will be spending the rest of my life on the Earth and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.’
The Moon has a lot to offer, and we’re just going to have to try and get there and see what’s out there.’
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A number of celebrities are expected to participate in the ‘lookouts’, including James Bond star Sean Connery, who said: ‘[Landers] is going to give me the best experience in my entire life.’
The launch will take place from the Moon’s south pole, which is currently at -8°C (-25°F) in the opposite direction to the prevailing winds of the southern hemisphere.
Lander will land in a region known as the ‘downtown’ which is expected to be ‘a little more difficult than the other areas, but I can manage it.’
Landers is aiming to make it to the lunar base before midnight on Wednesday, April 29.
He will be joined on the mission by his father, former US President Jimmy Carter, former UK prime minister David Cameron and former President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to make a brief visit on April 25.