Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space on April 12, 1961. Fifty years later, isn't it about time you get a chance to be an astronaut?
It's been exactly 50 years to date since Yuri Gagarin became the first person to go into space. When will it be your turn?
If you have an extra $102,000 lying around, you can buy your ticket today. Space Adventures, a company based in Vienna, Va., is developing a suborbital vehicle that will take you just past the Kármán line, the 62-mile-high boundary that demarcates the beginning of outer space. Space Adventures calls this figure a "relatively affordable price," which seems like a stretch until you compare it to the $20 million to $35 million that other space tourists have paid the company for trips to the final frontier.
According to CNN, "[m]ultiple companies are developing their own spaceships and their own plans for making money in space. Virgin Galactic, for example, could start taking tourists on suborbital joyrides as early as 2012, at $200,000 per seat. More than 400 people have already bought down payments for such a trip, according to company officials."