You can book a $4.4 million hotel room in space starting 2012

Finally we have something else to look forward to in 2012 other than the end of the world. Thanks to $3 billion in funding from an anonymous billionaire space enthusiast (any guesses as to who that might be?), the Galactic Suite Space Resort has announced that it will begin offering a three-night stay at its hotel in 2012.

CEO Xavier Claramunt, a former aerospace engineer, says that the project will begin with a single pod in orbit 280 miles above the Earth with the capacity to hold four guests and two astronaut-pilots. If you've got the bucks, you'll be able to travel around the world every 80 minutes and see the sun rise 15 times a day.

And even if you're not yet ready to make a reservation, check out the cool Galactic Suite site to learn all about how to become one of what the company's calling "Homo spaciens."

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