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Space Tourism

Four Swedes Waiting to Travel into Space

Published söndag 14 mars 2010 kl 12.29
Ann Klefbom, hoping to be the first Swedish woman in space

Four Swedes have so far booked a ticket to fly into space, the news agency TT reports. Now a new space travel agency opens in Sweden.

"It is as easy to buy a space ticket, as it is to buy a ticket to a charter trip," Lasse Schmidt at the travel agency Upplevelsepresent tells TT.

One difference is of course the money. It costs some 200,000 US dollars to come along.

So far over 300 people in the world have made their booking. The four Swedes booked their ticket with Virgin Galactic, which plans to start the trips in 2011 from the newly built Spaceport America in the Mojave Desert in California.

In Kiruna in northern Sweden, Spaceport Sweden has signed a contract with Spaceport America, to ensure that the first space trips departing from Europe will indeed be taking off from the Esrange base outside Kiruna.

Ann Klefbom from Umeå has reserved a ticket and hopes to become the first Swedish woman in space. "It is something extraordinary for a completely ordinary middle aged woman, she tells TT.

Although she has dreamt of travelling into space since childhood, Klefbom says she is not normally into big adventures, instead choosing relatively comfortable alternatives when she goes on a trip. But the space dream is alive and well. Now she just needs to find the sponsors prepared to donate her to money to actually pay for the ticket.

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