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    Fly me to the moon: space hotel sees 2012 opening

    By Pascale HarterFri Aug 10, 1:21 PM ET

    "Galactic Suite," the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes.

    Its Barcelona-based architects say the space hotel will be the most expensive in the galaxy, costing $4 million for a three-day stay.

    During that time guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and use Velcro suits to crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.

    Company director Xavier Claramunt says the three-bedroom boutique hotel's joined up pod structure, which makes it look like a model of molecules, was dictated by the fact that each pod room had to fit inside a rocket to be taken into space.

    "It's the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge," says Claramunt. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy."

    But they may have solved the issue of how to take a shower in weightlessness -- the guests will enter a spa room in which bubbles of water will float around.

    When guests are not admiring the view from their portholes they will take part in scientific experiments on space travel.

    Galactic Suite began as a hobby for former aerospace engineer Claramunt, until a space enthusiast decided to make the science fiction fantasy a reality by fronting most of the $3 billion needed to build the hotel.

    An American company intent on colonizing Mars, which sees Galaxy Suite as a first step, has since come on board, and private investors from Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are in talks.

    PLENTY RICH ENOUGH

    If Claramunt is secretive about the identity of his generous backer, he is more forthcoming about the custom he can expect.

    "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."

    Four million dollars might be a lot to spend on a holiday, but those in the nascent space tourism industry say hoteliers have been slow on the uptake because no one thought the cost of space travel would come down as quickly as it has.

    Galactic Suite said the price included not only three nights in space. Guests also get eight weeks of intensive training at a James Bond-style space camp on a tropical island.

    "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."

    In an era of concern over climate change, Galaxy Suite have no plans so far to offset the pollution implications of sending a rocket to carry just six guests at a time into space.

    "But," says Claramunt, "I'm hopeful that the impact of seeing the earth from a distance will stimulate the guests' urge to value and protect our planet."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070810/...space_hotel_dc

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    The first trip advisor review will probably say "it has no atmosphere"
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    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
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    i wish i could make four million dollars in five years.
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    Hurrah. More civilian space deaths. Just what the world needed...


    People really need to stop caring about space.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Kill the moonlight. Really.

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    I say nuke the moon. Never liked that cocky rock.
    *based upon tedious fact checking.

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    Shoot that fucker down. It causes more problems than any of the other planets. Is it even a planet? I don't think so. We should ask it for some ID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofhal View Post
    The first trip advisor review will probably say "it has no atmosphere"
    Awwww sh-it.
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    I bet they Paris Hilton to make an appearance at this place. Maybe they will cut off her oxygen too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorkfish View Post
    I say nuke the moon. Never liked that cocky rock.
    "We're EarthLINGS...let's blow up Earth THINGS!"

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    By the way, this was all foretold in Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator.

    "Ms Hilton died today when she was swallowed whole by a vermicious Knid..."

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    That book rules.

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    Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie...?


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    space is the place

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    eight weeks of training eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mob roulette View Post
    Shoot that fucker down. It causes more problems than any of the other planets. Is it even a planet? I don't think so. We should ask it for some ID.
    we need more mob up in this bitch.
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