Written by Jack Bromby

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

image for Teenager went for drunken night out in Oldham... and woke up in a crater on the moon

  • Sam Barry was getting a cab home when he decided to go to the moon

  • Booked flight from phone and woke up at South Pole-Aitken basin, the capital crater of the moon

  • 19-year-old said he won't use passport as ID when he goes clubbing again


A teenager who went out clubbing in Manchester with his mates woke up on the moon the following morning after booking a flight in the early hours.

Sam Barry was getting a cab home from the Tokyo Project nightclub, nicknamed Tokes, in Oldham when he found his passport in his pocket and drunkenly decided to visit the moon.

Mr Barry, an office worker, asked the shocked taxi driver to head immediately for Manchester International Spaceport then booked a last minute 6am flight for £100 through Virgin Gallactic Airlines to the Moon's capital using his mobile phone.

The 19-year-old eventually woke up in a bathroom cubicle at Aitken basin Spaceport - over 238,855 miles from where he started his night to remember.

Pals nursing a giant hangover from a night out at the club were stunned to see a sheepish Sam had tweeted a picture of himself standing at the bottom of the crater and then another with the caption: 'Sat inside the Aitken Basin eating some imperial mints.'

News of his unexpected excursion spread like wildfire around the social media site with many messages poking fun at the travelling teenager.

In a series of tweets from the moon, Sam said: 'Only woke up in the toilets of South Aitken spaceport an hour ago haha.'

He added: 'I got in a taxi to Manchester spaceport and booked a flight on my phone! Don't remember the flight. It's f***ing expensive here though. Mum thinks I'm a pillock. Walked past the same rock 3 times! Not a clue where I am!'

He was eventually picked up 12 hours later at Manchester by friends when he had to pay out a further £170 to get a flight back to the UK. The entire escapade cost him a total of £300.

In further tweets Mr Barry, who had been using his passport as ID to drink at the nightclub, added: 'My flight home wasn't till 7.30 at night I had to stay on the moon! Plus spent all that money to get there be a waste not to stay.'

'My mates didn't believe me! Bizarre thing to do going all the way to the moon, but it happened.'

'Always out in Manchester won't be taking my f..king passport that's for sure.'

Speaking today, he said: "It all started off just going for a pint after work with one of my mates, one thing lead to another and we decide we are going to go out to Tokyo's in Oldham.

"It turned out to be just a bog standard night and we started to get a bit bored and decide to call it quits and head off home. The only thing was by this time we were well and truly plastered.

"I went to drop my friend off at his house in a taxi but for some reason I randomly decided that I don't want to go home but stay out instead.

"I found my passport which I'd been using for ID and was looking at this flight app on my phone and it was saying something like 'cheap flights to the moon.'

"I decided the best thing to do was book a flight to see the Aitken basin. It was just a spur of the moment thing and seemed like a good idea at the time.

"The taxi driver asked me about where I was going and what I was going to do on the moon but I couldn't bring myself to tell him I was a drunken idiot who spontaneously booked a trip to South Pole-Atiken Basin, so I sold him some story that I was a junior astronaut going to a convention."

Mr Barry said the idea to go to space had only struck him in the cab, so he didn't even have a bag or a change of clothes.

"I arrived at Terminal 3 and walked through to the check in where I tried to act as sober as I could and speaking as little as possible." He continued, "I had no luggage and I remembered the lady at the check in asking if I had any - then she joked that I was travelling light.

"I don't recall much of the flight because I fell asleep and then the next thing I know I find myself laying next to a toilet in a cubicle in the middle of South Pole-Atiken Basin spaceport and thinking what the hell have I just done?

"When I woke up I initially didn't know where I was but then I looked up to the sky and saw the Earth - and remember thinking 'oh sh*t.

"I rang my mum and said 'don't panic mum but can you pick me up at Manchester Spaceport at 8pm?' Then I told her what I had done and she went mental at me.

"I had eight hours to kill so I booked a moon buggy to the U.S.A flag and the Apollo Luna Module spacecraft and had a wander around.

"I did get to see Apollo Luna Module but there was a massive queue and I did not have any moon dollars with me, so I didn't get to go up it but at least I had my picture taken next to the Soviet E6 Luna, a Russian spacecraft conducting experiments on the moon's surface and I went to a cafe for some moon juice and space rock.

"It was great but it was bloody freezing, it's warmer back here. It cost an arm and a leg but I don't regret it. It's a funny story to tell my mates for years to come."

Sam was inundated with messages from Twitter uses amused by his escapade. Mark Ingham said: "I've ended up in a few scary places after a night out in Tokes but never the moon. Take a bow."

Dale Harris said: "Don't even know Sam Barry but I want to shake his hand."

Manchester Spaceport declined to comment about the incident.

Virgin Gallactic said they were unable to provide a comment.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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