BEIJING: More than 300 Chinese space enthusiasts have booked tickets costing nearly US$100,000 (RM322,000) for a five minute trip to outer space, official media reported.
The 305 buyers snapped up tickets for a trip with Dutch firm Space Expedition Corp (SXC) when they went on sale on Taobao, an online retail website, the state-run China Daily reported.
The trips will take place in a two-man craft that remains in space for five to six minutes, giving the tourist a rarely seen view and the experience of weightlessness, the report said.
The tickets were sold for 599,999 yuan (RM311,000) it said.
No date for the trip was given. Despite a flurry of interest in space tourism in recent years, no private firms have yet been able to launch regular trips.
Participants – who must weigh no more than 125kg – are required to receive flight simulation and weightlessness training before their trip.
Ticket broker Zhang Yong told the China Daily: “It is exciting that Chinese can enjoy space travel with a click of a mouse. Hopefully it will usher in a new chapter for Chinese to explore outer space.” — AFP