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Tickets On Sale In Sweden For Space Tourism, Starting In 2012 66

Posted by timothy
from the would-rather-have-a-condo-and-the-dvd dept.
think_nix writes "The local.se is reporting that, for around 200,000 USD, tickets for eager space tourists looking for that outer space adventure will be purchasable from the Sweden's Ice Hotel in Kiruna. The flights are planned to be run by Virgin Galactic, also allowing flights to be taken from New Mexico. The article further states that already around 300 tickets have been purchased."
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Tickets On Sale In Sweden For Space Tourism, Starting In 2012

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  • by biocute (936687) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @07:52PM (#27263401) Homepage

    I tried to read the friendly article but got distracted by a Swedish bird-flipping girl and some chicks running in bikinis.

    You've been warned.

    • I don't know, what got me was "Nursing home residents taking too many drugs: report" further down the page. Nothing like mental images of 85 year olds getting stoned off their asses to brighten your day.
    • I can understand the warning for the swimmer flipping the bird but the shot of girls in bikinis seems fairly benign. Even in the sexually repressed USA, that's acceptable summer attire almost anywhere public.

    • Oh no!...members of the other sex!
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Oh great now the server's going to be slashdotted.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      DO NOT RTFA!

      I don't think that should be a problem for most slashdotters

    • by fermion (181285)
      I tried to RTFA but it locked up browser. I head that those scandinavians has super efficient browser and hyper speed bandwidth, but wowsers. My computer and connection are so lame that it can't load a page. Would have been cool to see the bikini chicks. I guess I will just have to settle for page 3.
      • by aliquis (678370)

        I tried to RTFA but it locked up browser. I head that those scandinavians has super efficient browser and hyper speed bandwidth, but wowsers. My computer and connection are so lame that it can't load a page. Would have been cool to see the bikini chicks. I guess I will just have to settle for page 3.

        Works perfect here.

        But then I am a swede with Safari 4 beta.

      • by Quantos (1327889)
        That's strange. Very very strange.

        I'm on Vista with IE8 and it's working wonderfully.
    • by sukotto (122876)

      Space + Swedish bikini girls?

      I consider that a win-win.

    • by againjj (1132651)

      [...]and some chicks running in bikinis.

      Now I've got to read it. I hope it's not bad karma to do so.

  • Luckily (Score:5, Funny)

    by useless4321 (1497401) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @07:53PM (#27263411)
    in 2012 $200,000 will be worth about $13 at today's rate.
    • But this is exactly what I thought too! The rich know that eventually the USD will have to be devalued; this played a large part in destroying the Icelandic finance sector which expected that devaluation to occur in an immediate crash.

      So now is probably the best time to buy!
    • by mysidia (191772)

      Yes, but the tickets (only available in limited numbers), barring an explosion of a highly-competitive space tourism industry, will cost a lot more than $200k, if you buy them in 2012.

      Result = you get a huge discount, because you buy them so long in advance!

  • 2012 (Score:5, Funny)

    by pwnies (1034518) * <j@jjcm.org> on Thursday March 19, 2009 @08:01PM (#27263459) Homepage Journal
    C'mon guys everyone knows that a.) sweden doesn't have a space program and b.) the world is going to end in 2012 anyway. How will they be able to deliver if we're all dea...
    Ohh... I see. Well played Sweden.
  • It's not like anyone is going to come collecting that debt after the end of the world anyway

  • The swedish currency (Score:2, Informative)

    by Goateee (1415809)
    I hope some of this space tourism benefits the swedish public, because this recension has taken its toll on the swedish currency (krona). The dollar costs about 8 swedish krona now, from about 5.5 a few months ago. Relative to the dollar, I have lost about half my fortune! $60 000 000 sure would be good for our economy, but who in their right mind would spend money on space trips in this economic climate?
    • $60 000 000 sure would be good for our economy

      If you're lucky, $60,000 will stay in your economy - most of the ticket price will go to Virgin Galactic.

    • by khallow (566160)
      I want a piece of that too. And I hope the swedish economy kicks in something for me too. It's kind of a pain that you guys aren't contributing to my personal stash. That really needs to change.
  • by 2phar (137027) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @09:55PM (#27264117)

    Just pay them with with one-way Virgin Galactic tickets instead of cash!

  • Anyone interested in starting a fund raiser to buy Sarah Palin one of these tickets?
  • You know those 'experience' packs you can buy in shops? I saw one of them (with a picture of the space shuttle on the front no less) in WH Smith in the UK about 4-5 years ago. It was priced at £100,000 and had on the back a disclaimer saying it didn't actually garuntee you would in fact be able to fly in space.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't even have a valid barcode on it (who the fuck spends £100,000 in WH Smith?) - it was placed on the shelf as a gimmick.

    • You know those 'experience' packs you can buy in shops? I saw one of them (with a picture of the space shuttle on the front no less) in WH Smith in the UK about 4-5 years ago. It was priced at £100,000 and had on the back a disclaimer saying it didn't actually garuntee you would in fact be able to fly in space.

      The Russians have been offering space tourism services for quite some time now. Not sure what £100,000 would get you, but orbital space tourism is priced highly enough that you can

      • by damburger (981828)
        Nope, it wasn't a parabolic flight or anything like that, it was a genuine option to fly above 100km at some point within five years after purchase. A total gimmick.

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