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While not under your $10k limit, I'd nominate the Edge of Space Jet Flight in Russia which advertises that for €17500 you get: Probably the mightiest experience in the world: The Edge of Space flight in the MiG-29 Fulcrum. Depending on weather and temperature conditions, you can reach up to 20-22km altitude, though at least 17km is guaranteed. Only ...


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As of 2017, the following companies operate reduced-gravity (aka zero-gravity) flights: EU: Air Zero G, flies from Zurich and Bordeaux. Approximate price: 6000 EUR. Russia: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, near Moscow. Approximate price: 4000 EUR. United States: Zero Gravity Corporation, scheduled flights from various airports around the US. ...


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For faster than Mach 3.5, the answer is unfortunately no until Virgin Galactic or one of their would-be competitors makes it happen. Suborbital flights like those planned by Virgin Galactic seem most likely to be the first thing to top that number on a commercially-available, recurring basis. The fastest non-rocket-powered manned vehicle so far was the SR-71 ...


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There are currently no means of transportation available to tourists that go beyond the speed of sound. ie, Mach 1. Thus there is fairly clearly no means that go faster than Mach 3.5. Previously greater than Mach 1 travel was available via the Concorde which flew at just over Mach 2, however all Concorde aircraft were retired over 15 years ago.


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Virgin Galactic received approval to carry passengers from the FAA recently, although they are probably some way away from selling tickets. For a long time the highest-altitude relatively mainstream option was the Concorde, which cruised at around 56,000 ft/17.1 km on transatlantic flights; the vast majority of conventional aircraft fly transatlantic between ...


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Astronauts don't take the passport during the space travel, but diplomats of country of origin or the space agency will carry the passport, and bring them where the passport will be needed (e.g. for emergency landing), or back to Kazakhstan for regular landing. Landing in foreign state is not a huge issue, it is the same as an emergency landing with a plane ...


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The Apollo 11 astronauts had to clear customs when they arrived back from the moon. and declare their 'cargo' of moon rock and dust samples. According to NASA spokespeople it's genuine, but it was a bit of a joke at the time.


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You can start packing (and saving). Leonard David, Space.com's Space Insider Columnist explains it all: Good news for all you couch potatoes out there: You don't have to be in peak physical condition to make it to space. The vast majority of people who want to fly to suborbital space and back are medically fit to do so, according to researchers at ...


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It is just an illusion nothing more. Map from Bing maps


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Here's another source for what appears to be the same photograph downloadable at higher resolution. I think it's the parking lot (and row of trees next to it) encircling a bus garage. Here is a link to Google Earth (via Google Maps) zoomed in on it. The image is rotated relative to Google's map (north is not "straight up"), and, as someone else pointed out, ...


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According to Wikipedia, non-Chinese individuals typically can't access Chinese launch facilities: As with all Chinese launch facilities, it is remote and generally closed to foreigners. Note that the news story from 2007 you mentioned on the opening of launch sites to tourists only pertains to Chinese tourists from my understanding: It will allow ...


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Wikipedia has a page on that topic: Tourism on the Moon: Space tourism companies which have announced they are pursuing lunar tourism include Space Adventures,[4] Excalibur Almaz,[4] Virgin Galactic[2] and SpaceX.[3] The SpaceX project, dearMoon project, is one of the most likely projects to be successful in my opinion, but is not planned to take place ...


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I have no actual experience stargazing in France, but nobody answered, so I'll try. Here's a picture of most of France at night: Source: www.nightearth.com The dark areas have minimal light polution, and a relatively dark area is seen south of Paris. By looking at Google Maps, this seems like the area between Orléans and Vierzon, on either side of the A71 ...


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