SPACE HOTEL TO OPEN TO TOURISTS IN 2012
The first hotel in space will be open for business and accepting tourists by 2012 after an anonymous billionaire space enthusiast granted $3billion to finance the project.
But future space visitors will have to pack their credit cards as the Galactic Suite Space Resort will charge 3 million euros for a three-night stay and eight-week training course on a tropical island before the trip.
Despite doubts about the cost and time frame of the project, more than 200 people have expressed an interest in the trip and 43 have already made a reservation.
During their stay, guests will see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes. They will wear velcro suits so they can crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.
Xavier Claramunt, CEO of Galactic Suite Ltd and 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 that 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.viagra in india