You Could Soon Take a Balloon Ride Into Earth's Stratosphere


A new company will soon be offering balloon flights into the earth's stratosphere. Would you do this?

Still pricey, but this might be the cheapest option for space tourists yet. The company Space Perspective plans to fly people up to the Earth's stratosphere in a giant balloon with a pressurized cabin, reports Space.com. The cost? $125,000 a seat. The trip would take about six hours—a leisurely ascent up at about 12 miles an hour, followed by two hours spent in the stratosphere, and then the trip home. The balloon would end up about 19 miles above the surface of the Earth, which, as Smithsonian points out, is "not technically outer space, but high enough to see the curvature of the Earth and the darkness of space stretching out beyond."

If you want more info, head to the Space Perspective's site! It actually looks kinda cool.

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