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Wealthy Chinese buy tickets for 5-minute space flight: Report

Published on Jun 13, 2014 2:09 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - More than 300 Chinese space enthusiasts have booked tickets costing nearly US$100,000 (S$124,880) for a five-minute trip to outer space, official media reported on 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 (S$120,503), it said, adding that four entrepreneurs from the southwestern city of Chengdu and two from the commercial hub of Shanghai were among those who signed up.

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