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To Infinity and Beyond: Investing in Space Travel
CNBC.com | February 14, 2012 | 08:35 AM EST

It’s no secret that the global economy is in trouble, so if you’re bored of the world of stocks and bonds and feel the tedium of a slowing market, the time may have come to explore a whole new world of investment: space travel.

In a few years, passenger travel into the world beyond our own will be a reality, and as the lucrative possibilities for commercial trips into the galaxy continue to grow, now might be the time to leave the rat race and join the new and much more exciting space race, according to some space travel enthusiasts.

"Our mission is to start taking people to space commercially from the beginning of 2014," co—founder of Space Expedition Curacao Michiel Mol told CNBC. "We can take people to space in a small rocket ship, with one passenger and one pilot. It takes off like a conventional airplane and then goes straight up into the air and reaches space within four minutes."

"It’s a spaceship built by a company called XCor. It flies on jet fuel so we can land, refuel and go again; we have four flights a day with one spaceship," he said.

Mol’s company is already working in partnership with major commercial airlines, like Dutch carrier KLM. "KLM has the same vision as we have: in 20—25 years from now the next successor of our spaceship will be able to take you from London to Sydney within two hours," Mol said.

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