The high life

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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 adventure-traveling public.

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?

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