Have Money to Burn? Spend $4 Million on a Hotel (Space Hotel)

A Barcelona-based space tourism company plans to open the Galactic Suite, the first space hotel, in 2012 (yes, I said space). Tickets should go on sale in 2008 for $4 million. That price includes 18 weeks preparation on a Caribbean island, the journey into space and three nights' accommodation in the orbital hotel. Could you imagine how expensive your trip would be if it didn't include the airfare?

The Galactic Suite would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. During a guests' stay, they would see the sun rise 15 times a day and use Velcro suits to crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.

Sounds like fun but it would be a pretty expensive vacation for a family of four.

According to Xavier Claramunt and Marsal Gifra, the directors of Galactic Suite Project, “this is the first package deal, as it includes transport from the tourist’s home to the Caribbean island, the training required for journeys into orbit, the flight to the hotel and three nights’ accommodation in the Galactic Suite”.
Furthermore, the space tourists will also take part in scientific experiments. ... Another attraction of this journey is the possibility to orbit the Earth 15 times every day, and to see 15 sunrises. The hotel will be located at a certain angle from the equator."

The Galactic Suite Project was set up in Barcelona in January 2007 by various architects, aerospace engineers and industrial engineers from Spain and the US.

Via Reuters.

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Aug 18, 2007
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Gee, sounds like a blast.  However, after hearing about all those people who go overboard while on cruises,  would anyone who fell out of the space hotel have even a remote chance of being found?   

 Wonder if Lance Bass is signed up yet.

Question:  If passengers might be able to see 15 sunrises a day, does that mean that they are mostly in the dark, or mostly in the sunlight?