Space Tourism Blasting Off in 2011

Trips will cost $200k
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 2:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – For those bored with mere earthly trips, help is on the way. The first space tourist flights will take off in 2011 from New Mexico, reports AFP. For $200,000, an outfit run by British tycoon Richard Branson will fly tourists 70 miles above earth and then, presumably, back. Flights will begin leaving from Sweden in 2012. Branson’s Virgin Galactic has lined up five Nordic travel agencies for ticket orders, and 300 brave (and rich) souls have signed up so far.