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How to Book Your Ticket to Space

• http://www.wired.com, By Adam Mann
 

The dream of flying to space is close to the heart of every kid – and even many adults.

Such visions make possible ideas like the Intergalactic Travel Bureau. As part of an art festival on Governors Island in New York running June 9 and 10, the travel bureau asks visitors to imagine their dream space vacation. Want to see the rings of Saturn? How about the ice caps of Mars? The exhibit will allow participants to connect with actors and space scientists and come up with the best ways to learn and explore the solar system and beyond.

While such flights of fancy are great to imagine, within a few years it will actually be possible to launch into space without first becoming an astronaut. Space travel may never be as easy and safe as taking a plane from Los Angeles to New York, but ordinary citizens (with a lot of money) can already start putting some cash down on a ticket to space.

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