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The World's Highest Destinations

by Jonathan Trew

Space Hotel, name TBD, low earth orbit

High Notes: Las Vegas billionaire Robert T. Bigelow, the rocket jet behind Bigelow Aerospace, hopes to have a space hotel in low earth orbit this decade. Room service is feasible, but don't expect great pool facilities 350 miles above the home planet. Currently the only private company to already have a spacecraft circling the earth, Bigelow's efforts are the first step of a master plan to drop ready-made habitable modules on the moon for use as hotel accommodation. Suggested in-house entertainment for the lunar hotel includes space walks and laser shows on the dark side of the moon. (We're not holding our breath.) Meanwhile, British entrepreneur Richard Branson is taking bookings for his Virgin Galactic: Any Joe Blow with a spare $20,000 to put down as a 10 percent deposit can sign up for a suborbital space trip on the VSS Enterprise. The maiden flight is scheduled for 2011.

Suborbital space trip with Virgin Galactic is $200,000 per person

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