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Out-Of-This-World Travel Into Space For Almost A Million A Day — You Have Until 2022 To Save Up - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sites

April 8, 2018 3:17 pm
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This NASA photo shows a sunrise from the International Space Station, about 220 miles above the surface of the Earth. Traveling at a speed of approximately 17,500 mph, the station completes each orbit around the planet in about 92 minutes, with 16 sunrises and sunsets each 24-hour period, just like the proposed Aurora Station. (Photo: Scott Kelly/NASA via AP)

Where can you go when you’ve been just about everywhere on earth? Up into outer space — and maybe as soon as 2022.

And as a bonus you will be able to do it in style at the first-ever luxury space hotel (including a private suite), introduced in early April during the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California.

Named after the magical light phenomenon that illuminates the Earth’s polar skies, Aurora Station is being developed by Orion Span and the company’s team of space industry veterans, who have over 140 years of human space experience.

The first fully modular space station, Aurora Station will operate as the hotel, hosting six people at a time – including two crew members. Space travelers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience on an out-of-this-world 12-day journey, from (hold on!) — $9.5 million per person.

But it seems to be an all-inclusive bargain. “Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travelers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience,” said Frank Bunger, chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span. “What was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travelers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost. Our goal is to make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at lower cost.”

Before take-off, those set to travel on Aurora Station will enjoy a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC). Phase one of the certification program is done online. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification is completed during a traveler’s stay on Aurora Station.

But what will travelers do during their stay in space?  Among unexpected excitements they will enjoy flying freely in zero gravity, gaze at the northern and southern aurora through the many windows, soar over their hometowns, take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit (which they can take home with them as the ultimate souvenir), revel in a virtual reality experience on the holodeck, and stay in touch or live stream back home via high-speed wireless Internet access.

Guests will soar 200 miles above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit, or LEO, where they will find stunning views of the Earth. The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, meaning those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. On return to Earth, guests will be treated to a hero’s welcome home.