Space, The Final…Vacation Destination

There has been talk for some time about space tourism, but now one company claims they will be ready to accommodate guests by 2012. Galactic Suite Space Resort CEO Xaviar Claramunt says for 3 million euros, $4.4 million, you will get a 3 day stay in their orbiting pod. The price includes an 8 week training course on a tropical island. A rocket takes the guest into space and docks with the pod. The guest then spends 3 days in the pod alone, with velcro helping them move around. Then the rocket brings them back $4 million dollars poorer, but with some great vacation pictures. Another company, Virgin Galactic, owned by Richard Branson intends to provide suborbital space rides for just $200,000 a pop. There was no estimate on how soon the space rides will be available.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 03, 2009

i have a feeling they are being optimistic about how soon the business will be up and functioning. also it does not sound like fun to me. but i'm sure ultra rich adrenaline junkies will love it.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/04/09 at 12:15 AM
Charge $10M if you want the world ends in 2012!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/04/09 at 04:31 AM
Even at $200,000 per trip, that's way out of my price range. I guess I'll have to be one of the new breed of peasant, living vicariously through the aristocracy. Woe is me!
Posted by Nethie on 11/04/09 at 05:07 AM
hell i'll never see all the wonders on the planet, much less what's off it. i share your woes my fellow peasant.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/04/09 at 07:47 AM
Does anyone here in WU actually believe the whole 2012 end of the world thing??
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 11/04/09 at 02:27 PM
i'm hedging my bets after the whole 'the world will end on 1/1/2000' thing didn't pan out.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/04/09 at 03:22 PM
That's because you bought into the idea that 1/1/2000 was the 1st day of the new millennium; which it wasn't. The Gregorian calendar (which we Westerners follow) starts with the year 1 (one). So the last year of the 1st thousand years was 1000.

So 1/1/2001 was the 1st day of the new millennium but according to the Mayans our calendar is off by 12 years so it's 2012 we need to watch out for.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/05/09 at 10:49 AM
if it is 12 years off then wouldn't that make 2013 the year of doom? which kinda makes sense- 13. i don't believe it either way.
it is in the nature of man to look for an ending. we think in finite terms and there will one day be an ending but not soon. the sun will go out eventually, it has a life cycle too, just much longer than ours. that is when the world will end. if we were going to end it we would have done so by now, nuclear weapons, but we dodged that bullet.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/05/09 at 05:19 PM
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