Summer 2016: Space Station Vacation
Bank up your vacation time and, well, money in the bank because by 2016 Russian company Orbital Technologies plans to open its Commercial Space Station as a vacation rental to the nonastronaut public.
The journey to get to the space station some 217 miles above Earth will take two days on a Soyuz rocket. It's not clear what activities beyond floating, sleeping vertically, stargazing, and philosophical pondering are provided to guests. Expect some luxuries, as gourmet meals prepared on Earth will be served instead of freeze-dried astronaut food. However, alcohol is prohibited on board, so forget dinner wine pairings. The flight, hotel occupancy, and daily meals put the getaway's price tag at nearly $1 million.