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Would you pay $400,000 for a hotel room in space?

Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow is betting on it

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Robert Bigelow and NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver with the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls, via Getty Images

We've heard of steep room rates, but this is ridiculous.

Las Vegas entrepreneur Robert Bigelow this month received a $17.8 million contract from NASA to create a prototype of a space hotel room. Bigelow, who's investing $500 million of his own money in this venture, dreams of a future where tourists will take round-trip flights to space stations, where they will stay for 60 days ... for $26.3 million per customer.

We love our dreamers big, and right now, this is about as big as it gets.

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