$5K gets you zero-G

Let’s face it, if you’ve got $250,000 to spare, chances are pretty good that you’ve done some adventure travel – and space, as it goes, is the final frontier. As Virgin Galactic’s 2012 space tourism lift-off date has been and gone, the 700 registrants for the four-day flight still await their departure.

But some Virgin Galactic space tourists are already in preparation for their trip. Their virgin voyage was on Zero Gravity’s modified Boeing 727 to get a taste of the weightlessness experience they’re expecting to have aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

While the weightlessness on this short trip will be only 30-second blips, it’s a great way for the travelers to begin to get their space legs. Al Marino, a hedge fund manager and future Virgin space tourist reacted this way:

“This was great, but it was little snippets of zero gravity for 30 seconds versus a whole continual part of it. So I think it’ll be really interesting to have four, five, six minutes of zero gravity continuously.”

If you can’t swing the cost of the four-day Virgin Galactic complete space experience, maybe the $5,000, five-hour flight is for you. If you’re up for a smaller adventure, here’s what you can expect.

And by the way, the zero-G experience is not just for wannabe astronauts. Zero Gravity also hosts weightlessness weddings, if you’re looking for an out-of-this-world way to say ‘I Do.’

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