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Space Tourism to ISS - from ESA Columbus Control Center

The ultimate travel destination, the International Space Station ISS, is located at 400 km above earth:

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As of 2018, more than 530 people have traveled to outer space, but less than 180 people have traveled to all 193 UN-countries.

Outer space has been defined as any flight above 100 km (the Karman Line), according to the FAI.

I went on a tour to the Columbus Control Center by the European Space Agency ESA and Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen near MUNICH (their call sign next to HOUSTON and MOSCOW) ...

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... in order to enquire about private space flights ... Beam me up please !

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So far there have only been 7 private space tourists onboard the ISS. One of the space tourists I met personally is Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque de Soleil, who flew to the International Space Station in September 2009 at a price tag of ... US$ 40 Mio ... ouch !

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Laliberté is pictured here in true style with a red clown nose, after 11 days in space, at his landing in a Soyuz capsule in the Kazakh Steppe.

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In MUNICH there is a 1:20 replica model of the complete ISS International Space Station with its European (ESA), Japanese (JAXA) and Russian capsules (ROSCOSMOS, in the background) ...

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... and a real-size model of the European part, the Columbus capsule, used by ESA astronauts ...

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... pictured here from inside:

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As a freedom-loving German I don't like speed limits, but in this case I'll make an exception.

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After a short chat with this friendly space tourist trainer ...

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... I was allowed outside for my first space walk ...

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A big step for a man with vertigo ... or should I say the cost is a bit too sky high :-(

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Currently there is a real German astronaut onboard ISS, Dr. Alexander Gerst (45), sponsored by the taxpayers:

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Gerst's activities are permanently monitored from this control room in MUNICH:

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More information & impressions from MUNICH:

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Even astronaut Snoopy is exhibited in MUNICH.

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It's a big game. Where the Russians always win.

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And in Oberpfaffenhofen we finally found the studio where Stanley Kubrick filmed the moon landing
(his German wife Susanne was from the famous Harland filmmaker family):

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:-)

Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:24

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