Photos: Space tourism is no vacation

Photos: Space tourism is no vacation

Summary: photos Private companies are gearing up to take you into orbit. First, though, you have to survive the centrifuge.

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  • ISS module

    One of Space Adventures' ISS modules, submerged in the hydrolab at Zvezdny Gorodok, or "Star City." Star City, where much pre-flight training takes place, was once a highly classified facility, so secretive that its existence was largely unknown to most of the Soviet military. Built in 1960 and protected by thick walls, barbed-wire fences and gun-toting guards, Star City is the training site of every Russian crew to fly into space.

  • Neutral buoyancy

    The Neutral Buoyancy tank in Star City offers a good simulation of weightlessness on Earth. In the hydrolab, cosmonauts can test equipment and practice techniques used during Extra Vehicular Activity at the space station.

  • Soyuz approaching

    This photo was taken by Greg Olsen on his trip to the ISS in October 2005. The tech entrepreneur paid $20 million for the trip. Olsen made his fortune by selling his first company, Epitaxx, for $12 million. He then founded Sensors Unlimited in 1992, sold it for $700 million in 2000, repurchased it for $6 million in 2002 and sold it again for $60 million.

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