For all the angst, Space Adventures, Ltd., which organizes these orbital gigs, suggests that one more opportunity may open up later this year. During a press briefing last Friday, the outfit's president and CEO, Eric Anderson, said he'd learned from the Russians that a spot may become available on a Soyuz three-seater for Sept. 30's scheduled launch.
The question the Russians are kicking around now, he said, was whether to dedicate that seat to another "space participant," a.k.a tourist, or to fill it with one of its own professional astronauts.
But let's face it. Those opportunities are only available to the very, very, very well-heeled anyway. What can you do if you don't have spare millions to pay, and you're willing to settle for a near-astronaut experience?