August 17, 2011
Russia Announces Space Hotel For 2016
A Russian company has announced plans to build a hotel in space in 2016.
According to the plans, the hotel would orbit 217 miles above ground and will have room for seven guests in four cabins, each with views of the Earth below.The Commercial Space Station will reportedly be more comfortable than the International Space Station (ISS).
The tourists will arrive at the hotel by riding aboard a Soyuz rocket and stay for two days.
The guests will eat food prepared on Earth that can be reheated in a microwave, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
Astronauts from the ISS could also use the hotel as an emergency get away.
A five-day stay at the hotel will cost about $1,000,000 after adding the cost for transportation as well.
Sergei Kostenko, head of Orbital Technologies, the company building the hotel, said: "The hotel will be aimed at wealthy individuals and people working for private companies who want to do research in space."
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