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First Space Hotel Set to Open in 2012

My fiancée and I are in
the midst of trying to plan our honeymoon. We're narrowing down
our options, but I'm beginning to think an entirely new plan may
be in order: Wait a couple of extra years, hope to win the
lottery, then take our honeymoon in space.

According to MSNBC, the first space
hotel is set to open in 2012, and a three night stay—complete
with with eight weeks in a tropical locale—will run $4.4 million.

During their stay, guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day
and travel

around the world every 80 minutes. They would wear Velcro suits
so they can crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves
to the walls like Spiderman.

Galactic Suite Ltd's CEO Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace
engineer, said the project will put his company at the
forefront of an infant industry with a huge future ahead of it,
and forecast space travel will become common in the future.

"It's very normal to think that your children, possibly within
15 years, could spend a weekend in space," he told Reuters

A nascent space tourism industry is beginning to take shape
with construction underway in New Mexico of Spaceport America,
the world's first facility built specifically for space-bound
commercial customers and fee-paying passengers.

Will commerce manage what government has failed to accomplish and
take humanity to the stars? Sure, it's a long shot, but this is
how so many innovations first appear—as exotic experiences for
the super rich that eventually work their way down to the masses.
I don't know if the next generation will really be able to spend
a relaxing weekend orbiting the Earth, but I have a lot more
confidence in the mad dreams of sci-fi geek billionaires than I
do in the bland bureaucratic machinations of government-run space


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