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A Luxury Space Hotel Is Taking Reservations for Anyone Who Wants to Get the Hell Off This Planet

The Aurora Station, the "world's first luxury space hotel," orbiting 200 miles above the earth, is looking for guests.

BY sarah rense | Apr 11, 2018 | Travel

There's a place you can go on vacation where the sun rises and sets 16 times a day, the stars are clearer than you've ever seen, and there are only a handful of people around for miles and miles...hundreds of miles, in fact.

The Aurora Station, the "world's first luxury space hotel," orbiting 200 miles above the earth, is now taking reservations.

Don't mistake this as some lame beach getaway, daiquiri in one and hand and suntan lotion in the other. This is "the experience of being an astronaut," said Frank Bunger, whose company Orion Span is launching the station into space. The station will hold six guests at a time for 12-day stays, and each will have to go through an extensive three-month astronaut training course before they can book a room in the private jet-sized module. There's the take-off and landing skills to survive, and contingency training if something were to go wrong. Intense stuff.

The Aurora Station will be launched into space in 2021 and open for business the following year, reports Bloomberg. All it costs is an USD$80,000 deposit right now (totally refundable) that goes toward a USD$9.5 million ticket price per person, which shakes out to about USD$792,000 per night. It's a bargain! At least, according to Orion. With more and more companies eyeing real estate beyond the atmosphere, it says the price is actually lower than what the industry might expect.

The Aurora Station is also a long way off from being reality, despite its ambitious 2022 plan. Orion is not contracted with any space flight companies to get vacationers to its station, and the station itself isn't built. But when it gets off the ground, we'll be that much closer to exploring—or at least relaxing in—the final frontier.

And as far as money black holes go, space beats the hell out of Vegas.


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