Have you been amazed by the Earth seen from space in Gravity? Did the misadventures of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock dampen your enthusiasm? Be aware that there are several space tourism projects around the world. A dream on the way to becoming a reality… provided you are patient and have a well-filled portfolio.
ISS: the pioneers of Club Med space
Until now, less than ten privileged were able to pack their suitcase for space. From 2001 to 2009, this club of happy few was able to spend a few days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to indulge in the joys of weightlessness. Among them, Quebecer Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, who spent 12 days aboard the ISS.
Cost of the all-inclusive stay: between 20 and 35 million dollars, with transport on board the Soyuz spacecraft. A jackpot that helped finance the Russian space program affected by the crisis in the 90s.
Virgin in the stars with diamonds
We have been talking about it for a few years now, but in a few months, it is promised: the billionaire Richard Branson will make headlines with, by making its first flight in space from its space base located in New Mexico, United States. At least he hopes so, because the famous trip keeps being postponed, year after year.
La SpaceShip Two shuttle is designed to travel a hundred kilometers above the earth, at the edge of the atmosphere. Cost of the trip: $ 200 (€ 150) - $ 000 after June 250 - for a 000 and a half hour journey, including 1 minutes in zero gravity in space (or $ 2 per minute). The only prerequisites: to be in good health and to take a course to get used to travel in zero gravity.
For the moment, a few tests have propelled Space Ship Two only about twenty kilometers from Earth… In fact, nothing says that the trip will be really possible at the beginning of 2014. This did not prevent 600 people (according to Virgin), including Leonardo di Caprio, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, to book their ticket. Branson is the king of marketing, he would sell you the Moon with people on it ...
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For its part, the more discreet Space Expedition Corporation is planning a first commercial flight at the end of 2014, aboard the Lynx Mark II shuttle , departing from the island of Curaçao for a journey 100 km above the Earth.
Ticket price: $ 100 (the equivalent of € 72). Once again, the people are on the spot! Rocker Bob Geldof, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and DJ Armin Van Buuren preferred this “discount” offer (and without Justin Bieber) to that of Virgin.
The stratosphere is cheaper
Do you have less money? For the sum of $ 75, the American company World View (photo) proposes to fly into the stratosphere at an altitude of 30 km above the Earth. There, it is no longer really a question of space itself, since it is necessary to rise to 100 km of altitude to leave the atmosphere ...
A pressurized pod connected to a balloon inflated with helium will serve as a spaceship for a journey of about 2 hours. The descent will be slowed down by a parachute in a more zen way than in the film, we hope. Be patient, the concept will be finalized within three years.
Weightlessness at low cost
You are neither people nor billionaire? Do not panic. You can still experience the sensations of a journey in weightlessness in a subsidiary of the French space agency Novespace, in Bordeaux.
A flight in an Airbus A 300 recreates the conditions for travel in space. A so-called “zero-g” flight where passengers float in weightlessness during several 22-second parabolas ... at a cost of € 5. That is twice as expensive as a world tour by plane!
Super discount for stiffs
In fact, to be able to fly to the sky at a good price, you better be ... dead. Elysium Space is offering to ship the ashes of the deceased to space for $ 2. The first funeral space flight will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the summer of 000.
You guessed it, space vacations aren't really for tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow. In the meantime, you still have the cinema!
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