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Space of Your Own

Everyone, at one time or another, has wished to be an astronaut. Floating weightless, soaring above the sky, touching the stars — these are the things of dreams. So you can imagine how excited we were to discover that Incredible Adventures offers a whole variety of experiences to satisfy even the most enthusiastic spaceman wannabe!

Want to start your astronaut adventure by experiencing weightlessness? Incredible Adventures (working with Zero Gravity Corporation) can put you aboard a special airplane at either Florida's Kennedy Space Center or Russia's Airport Chalovsk and give you the sensation of being completely free from gravity. How does it work? The airplane's pilot performs a series of parabolic flight maneuvers so that the plane is falling at exactly the same speed gravity is pulling you toward the ground — effectively counteracting gravity. You'll bounce around the cabin “like human popcorn”!

But suppose you want to learn more about being an actual astronaut. Incredible Adventures can set you up in an authentic Orlan Space Suit and send you into a water-filled neutral-buoyancy tank where you can practice skills necessary for in-space missions. This is exactly how real astronauts train!

Now you're ready to fly to the upper edge of the atmosphere. The MiG-31 Foxhound is an amazing flying machine that can take you thirteen miles up into the sky with one of Russia's finest pilots as your tour guide. You have to wear a pressure suit because you leave most of the atmosphere behind, but at that height you can see the curvature of the Earth!

All of this is well and good, but what about being a real astronaut? Incredible Adventures might be able to make that happen for you as well. If you can pass a rigorous physical (and have a rather large travel budget), you might be able to join Russia's Cosmonaut Training Program where, after you make it through the centrifuge, simulator, hypobaric chamber, and other testing, and training you're ready to fly! Enjoy your time in space!

 

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