Russia plans tourist spacecraft

For those who really want to get away from it all, the news that the Russian space agency has contracted to build a Soyuz spacecraft for tourist use by 2011 may be good news.

"We have concluded an agreement with an investor to begin financing such a Soyuz vessel with an anticipated launch date of 2011," read a statement on the Roskosmos Web site.

The spacecraft will carry two passengers as well as a professional astronaut pilot. The identify of the private investor financing the project was not identified. However, Roskosmos completed a deal in June with private American company Space Adventures for a commercial flight to the International Space Station.

Space Adventures already has sent five tourists into space aboard a Soyuz (seen above).
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