NASA reported last fall that the inadequately funded U.S.
space-flight program was on an “unsustainable trajectory.” Perhaps
commercial space travel will pick up the slack. Many regulatory issues
remain unresolved — passenger safety and traffic control are on the
agenda at this Arlington, Virginia, meeting — but Richard Branson and
Elon Musk have invested in the sector, and civilians may soon be able
to jet away for the weekend: Galactic Suite claims its Earth-orbiting
“hotel” is on schedule to open in 2012. Price: $4.4 million for three
nights. — EW
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