Frisky Vacations in Space

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Meyers says Space Island will have public areas that have one third of Earth's gravity, which might help them address the downside of weightlessness. In such a situation, you could drop the fork from your plate, wipe your chin, say "excuse me," and still grab it before it hit the floor.

While you might not be the first one into space, you may hear about it soon. The money-starved Russian Space Agency reportedly has a paying customer — financier Dennis Tito of California. According to news reports, he's paying $10 million to $20 million to swing from the stars.

Of course, the Russians' orbiting home away from home, the Mir space station, is supposed to return to Earth in a controlled crash. There's always International Space Station Alpha, but that might require U.S. approval. So like a lot of travel adventures, Tito might be one more flight-weary tourist who arrives at his destination only to find his reservations lost and a "No Vacancy" sign in the window.

Buck Wolf is a producer at The Wolf Files is a weekly feature. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.