Russian Company Plans Outer-Space Hotel

Commercial Space Station will include gourmet foods and space-age shower
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2011 5:50 PM CDT
An astronaut looks out the window in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station at Earth. Private companies will soon be offering the same experience to millionaire travelers.   (AP PHOTO/NASA)

(Newser) – A mere million bucks will soon earn you five days in a futuristic hotel, as long as you enjoy traveling at 17,500 miles an hour and having stellar views of planet Earth. The nimbly titled Commercial Space Station, designed by a Russian company, is the latest in a series of private sector plans to lure millionaires into casual space travel. It includes gourmet foods, a space-age shower, and choice of horizontal or vertical bed. Booze, however, is a no-no, notes International Business Times.

Mashable can't help wondering whether the $1 million price tag is realistic, considering that the US and Russia recently agreed that a round-trip to outer space on a Soyuz rocket would gobble up $51 million. If Commercial Space Station proves too costly when it premieres in 2016, you can always aim for one of the nine other private space journeys currently in the works.

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