Space hotel to open in five years

The first hotel in space has been unveiled by a Barcelona-based architect. The Galactic Suite will open for business in 2012, allowing guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes.

The Galactic Suite will be the most expensive hotel room to-date, costing $4 million for a three-day stay.  During this time guests will see the sun rise 15 times a day.

“It is the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge,” says company director Xavier Claramunt.

Reservations will begin next year for the aluminium vessel made of five modules, which is to be launched by rockets into space. The Galactic Suite already has private investors from the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

Guests will be able to participate in scientific experiments during their stay in the hotel, 450 km from earth.

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The firm estimates that some 40,000 people will be able to buy a Galactic-Suite ticket.
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