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Wealthy Chinese buy space flight tickets
 
 
 
Wealthy Chinese buy space flight tickets

BEIJING - More than 300 Chinese space enthusiasts have booked tickets costing nearly $100,000 for a five minute trip to outer space, official media reported Friday. 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 it said, adding that four entrepreneurs from Chengdu and two from the commercial hub of Shanghai were among those who signed up.

 
 
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