And donâ€™t forget to check the balance in your checkbook, because the vacation Iâ€™m talking about wonâ€™t be cheap. But how much is too much for a chance to circle the globe in 80 minutes, see the sun rise 15 times per day, and crawl around on the ceiling like Peter Parker? If you said $4.1 million dollars then youâ€™re in luck because a 3 day stay at the â€œGalactic Suiteâ€ space hotel will only cost you $4 million.
(Or as Dr. Evil would say: Four miiiiiilion dollars)
The Galactic Suite project began as a joke. The kind of thing you discuss with fellow Star Wars fans while indulging in one too many adult beverages with your good friend Mary Jane. But, when a fellow space enthusiast decided to front most of the $3 billion dollars in capital needed to make Barcelona based architect Xavier Claramuntsâ€™ space hotel a reality he stopped laughing and started planning.
The seven by four meter pod shaped rooms will be assembled here on earth before being loaded onto rockets for their journey into space. The biggest challenge to the team is the zero-gravity bathrooms. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy" says Claramunt. Once assembled, the hotel will resemble a molecular model of the chemical structure of water complete with a docking port for the guestsâ€™ shuttle rocket.
"There is fear associated with going into space," said Claramunt. "That's why the shuttle rocket will remain fixed to the space hotel for the duration of the guests' stay, so they know they can get home again.â€
One can only hope theyâ€™ll be sending a rocket-repairman along for the ride.
And who will be booking a $4 million dollar space vacation you ask? While Claramunt wonâ€™t comment on the identity of his benefactor he is well aware of who will be staying at the â€œGalactic Suiteâ€.
"We have calculated that there are 40,000 people in the world who could afford to stay at the hotel. Whether they will want to spend money on going into space, we just don't know."
That represents 0.0006% of the world populationâ€¦in case you were wondering.
The hotel is expected to open for business in 2012. In addition to 3 days in orbit guests will spend 8-weeks training for their journey on a tropical island at a â€œJames Bond-styleâ€ space camp. And, with all that money floating around security is sure to be tight. No word on who will keep these billionaire guests safe and sound, though now that the Star Wars saga is complete, my money is on un-employed Storm Troopers.
For those of us with a less than impressive balance sheet, a six day stay at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centers Adult Space Academy will run you a mere $900 dollars. There you can experience four Gâ€™s of force in a simulated blast off, take a moon-walk in their 1/6th Gravity Trainer, and feel what itâ€™s like to ride a shuttle out of control in the Multi-Axis Trainer.
Though, they donâ€™t actually fly you into space.
Copyright © 2010 Jen
Mark Your Calendars and Pack Your Bags
Copyright © 2010 Jen
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