"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
[Media Source*] (Hat Tip: Reuters)
The first Chinese customer, surnamed Jiang from the booming southern city of Shenzhen, had already put down a deposit of more than 1 million yuan ($120,800) for a zero-gravity thrill ride, the Beijing Morning Post said, quoting an executive from the U.S.-based Space Adventures.
"If everything goes smoothly, he will fly into space in 2006," it said, noting that Jiang had signed up for a short sub-orbital flight that would take him to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere.
Although something similar is available to the U.S. (through Russia's space agency) I bet the Chinese will probably have a huge interest in this arena and perhaps dominate it--Unless Japan has something to say about that.
"Plans call for more than 20 Chinese tourists to be able to go to the United States to undergo ground-based space travel training as soon as May," the Beijing News said.
China became only the third country after the United States and Russia to put a person in space and still has lofty ambitions.
Unfortunately NASA still has not embraced this industry. Looks like I may have to go to China for a brief trip to the stars. Selah.
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