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2005/8/18-20 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Reference/History/WW2/Japan] UID:39160 Activity:nil
8/18    Japan travel agency to offer trips to space:
        http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050818/sc_nm/space_japan_tourism_dc
        It says "...... zero gravity tour, which will take participants to an
        altitude of 100 km for a relatively inexpensive 11 million yen."
        Does anyone remember at what altitude it is considered "space"?  11M
        yen (~$100k) seems awfully cheap for that.
        \_ 100km is the generally agreed upon lower boundary of space.  A brief
           suborbital flight seems doable for 11MY.  Remember that the German
           V2 rockets lifted 1000kg into space back in the 1940's.
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Reuters Japan travel agency to offer trips to space Thu Aug 18, 9:07 AM ET TOKYO (Reuters) - The accommodation will be spartan and the food unpalata ble, but stunning views are guaranteed on Japan's most expensive package tour, unveiled on Thursday. International Space Station , traveling on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Kyodo news agency said. will offer the tours from October in a tie-up with Space Advent ures Ltd. of the United States, which has already sent two tourists into space, Kyodo said. Would-be astronauts will be required to undergo six to eight months of pr eflight training. Other itineraries in the pipeline include a trip around the moon for 11 b illion yen and a zero gravity tour, which will take participants to an a ltitude of 100 km for a relatively inexpensive 11 million yen. Republication or r edistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the pri or written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any error s or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon .