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Flight engineer Nicole Stott of the space shuttle Discovery works during a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk performed overnight between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning September 1, 2009. (Image: NASA)
In this handout image provided by NASA, flight engineer Nicole Stott of the space shuttle Discovery works during a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk performed overnight between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning September 1, 2009.

A company called Orion Span is launching the Aurora Station in 2021, which will be a low-Earth orbit space station offering those who can afford the cool $9.5 million tab the opportunity to spend 12 days orbiting the planet. That’s $792,000 per night, making it the most expensive hotel in the world. 

The anticipated demand is such that, just to reserve a space onboard, Orion Span is asking for an $80,000 deposit


We're excited to announce Aurora Space Station, the world's first luxury space hotel. Waitlist reservations are now open. https://t.co/xSYcdeJbAo @OrionSpan #AuroraStation pic.twitter.com/6MKp6iPGns

— Orion Span (@OrionSpan) April 5, 2018

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