Chinese travelers who feel that they’ve exhausted Earth’s many tourist locations are being given the chance to fly into space by the end of 2014 thanks to an agreement signed yesterday between a Chinese travel agency and a Netherlands-based space tourism firm.
Space Expedition Corporation is giving tourists the opportunity to board the Lynx Mark I spacecraft, produced by US private aerospace company XCOR, for a minimum of 580,000 yuan, Shanghai Daily reports.
Those willing to dole out the moon rocks will receive a week of physical training at Royal Dutch Airlines or Air France before their trip.
The spaceship will only carry one tourist at a time who will sit in the co-pilot seat, according to Zhang Yong, chief executive officer of Dexo Travel.
“The spaceship arrives in outer space 60 minutes after take-off and will fly in space for 20 minutes while the tourist enjoys the view of Earth and the space,” he said.
The Lynx Mark I spacecraft, which is expected to begin flights in the fourth quarter of 2014, will take participants into sub-space to a height of 60 kilometers. The Lynx Mark II, which is expected to start flights in 2015, will take participants into space to a height of 103km, said Alex Tang, CEO of SXC Asia.
Six spots have already been reserved by tourists anticipating a voyage to the Final Frontier.
Does the Communist Party-issued tourist guidebook still apply to the cosmos?