Next week's observance of Neil Armstrong's "giant leap for mankind"
has already rekindled interest in space travel, but the vicarious
thrill experienced by those of us long enough of tooth to remember
that remarkable moment is not going to cut it with today's
Fortunately for all of us, Zegrahm Space
Voyages has stepped into the breach with an offer to send
travelers on "an actual flight to space" that goes all the way up
to "official astronaut altitude," or about 60 miles. The company is
taking reservations for the voyages, which are scheduled to begin
in July, 2002.
But if you just can't wait, Zegrahm has an alternative trip
coming up in October: For a mere $14,950, you too can experience a
week of "actual cosmonaut and astronaut training" at the Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center in star City, Russia. Air fare is extra
but you will get meals, except for dinner on day four.
Perhaps coincidentally, day four is also earmarked for your
"scintillating weightlessness flight," a 30-second fun fest where
you will be encouraged to "do a spin, a twirl, a somersault," and
then "smile, because it's all being captured on video."
A 25% deposit is required. What are you waiting for?