According to Space.com by way of /., the mad troika of the Russian space programme has pushed the envelope of orbital tourism a goodly notch forward by offering tourist-class tickets on its shuttles starting next year, open to any citizen of this planet willing to pony up some twenty million yanknotes (and gets a green light on the counter-terrist quizzes of the day (there is no word on whether or not people named David Nelson will be eligible)). I am glad that somebody has the grits to take on the uncertain risks necessary to launch space tourism on firm footing (unlike some shuttle-exploding wankers whose acronym shall remain untyped), so I urge all space-loving men and women to toss back some potato-poison in toast to those Russian cowboys today! One day I will see this planet from the other side of the sky.

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