Though the United States shuttle program is grinding to a halt, with only one more mission planned for November 1st, the shuttles may fly again under private ownership. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has decided to purchase the remaining space shuttles and plans on retrofitting them with new computers and space-age composite materials so that they can travel to the Moon and back.
When asked why he didn’t just design his own fleet of spaceships, as has been rumored, Gates said that fixing up the current shuttle fleet is actually cheaper. Aides to the reclusive billionaire have said, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that Gates plans on building a top secret lunar base so that in the event of a nuclear holocaust both Microsoft and cockroaches would survive.
Gates denies this is the case, though he has said that his lunar facility will also contain the largest computer server network in the world, and due to the lack of lunar privacy laws he will be able to download everybody’s personal information (Social Security Numbers, Addresses, favorite websites) from the moon.
Though the Gates lunar base is not top secret, Internet search engine giant Google is currently fighting a court case with Microsoft regarding published Google Moon Images which reveal the early stages of construction. The bigger mystery may actually be you where Gates’ space shuttles will take off from. A record property search reveals that Bill Gates actually owns half the state of Colorado and than a secret space shuttle launch facility may actually have already been built there.