Profile of a Space Tourist
Travel Blog • Eva Holland • 08.21.08 | 12:15 PM ET
The space tourism business is heating up, but who are these customers willing to spend millions of dollars for what they hope will be the ride of their lives? Wired offers a fascinating profile of one would-be space tourist—Japanese tech millionaire Daisuke Enomoto, who completed a grueling training program only to be grounded by a kidney stone.
Writer David Kushner details some of the challenges space tourists have to overcome: “The months of intensive cosmonaut training was hard [sic] on the keyboard jockey, especially the fitness regimen. When he arrived, he could do only two chin-ups. Swimming 800 meters took him 26 minutes. He was also unprepared for the antinausea conditioning in the whirling vestibular chair. ... Within minutes, he was spewing borscht all over his blue spacesuit.”
Does that sound like something you’d pay $20 million for?