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first_img Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Thirsty? Here Are Some of the Best Accounts of Wine Instagram NASAFrom the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to a polar cruise to the ends of the Earth, with the right disposable income, well-heeled travelers can visit just about anywhere these days. The next big travel destination isn’t anywhere on Earth, however. NASA is thinking much bigger. The space agency is teasing the possibility for space tourism as early as 2020 — yes, next year.This month, NASA announced it’s expanding commercial operations aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This includes opening up the ISS to space tourism with the hope of allowing wannabe-astronauts to visit the low-earth-orbit station for up to 30 days. The plan depends on public interest, although it’s hard to imagine a shortage of one-percenters lining up for the next launch. Because NASA is outsourcing transportation to the station to SpaceX and Boeing, it’s also contingent on the availability of both companies to facilitate rides to and from the [email protected]_Station is open for commercial business! Watch @Astro_Christina talk about the steps we're taking to make our orbiting laboratory accessible to all Americans. pic.twitter.com/xLp2CpMC2x— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019Both companies have always had permission to carry private citizens into space, but NASA historically maintained a strict “astronauts only” policy aboard the ISS. That meant that, even if they managed to get to space, potential passengers previously had nowhere to dock. Now, they’re committed to providing tourists with not only a place to stay but the necessary training to survive the microgravity environment of space prior to their visit.Even a fat wallet won’t be enough to secure a seat to space, however. NASA’s ISS Deputy Director confirms the trips will be extremely limited. “We’re enabling up to two commercial flights with private astronauts per year. Depending on how many seats they want to carry, that would be a dozen or so private astronauts potentially per year on the International Space Station.”The real question, though: How much will it cost? NASA’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit said the nightly rate for accommodations aboard the ISS is approximately USD $33,750. That includes $11,250 for life support and bathroom privileges (both of which you’re probably going to want), plus another $22,500 for air, food, and medical services, which also sound like attractive offerings. Those rates don’t include the yet-to-be-announced cost required for SpaceX or Boeing to ferry passengers to the International Space Station. There’s also no word yet about the booze situation on-board or whether they’ll be accepting frequent flyer miles.Still, compared to the world’s most expensive hotel suite — the absurd, $100,000-a-night Empathy Suite at Palms Casino — it almost seems like a bargain. Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Travelinglast_img read more

The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes ShortTerm Trips a Breeze

first_img 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go The fourth-generation leatherworkers at MNML Leather are known for first-rate, utilitarian leather goods that do more than just enhance your masculine presence. Each product in its collection of goods is designed to serve a specific purpose in daily life without sacrificing any style. The company’s new MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag is a creation that fills a need for the modern traveler who’s frequently on the go and tired of lugging around unorganized, bulky baggage on short trips.It’s not easy to find an ample bag for short travels. A full-on rolling suitcase is usually too big for just a couple days’ worth of gear and most backpacks tend to fall just short of the space you need. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag is the perfect in-betweener for two to four days on the road or as a daily school companion, featuring a backpack-style design for easy carrying, additional room with organization slots, an easy-to-use laptop pocket, and a beautiful appearance.MNML LeatherMitch Bank, founder of MNML Leather, said that the Highlander Travel Bag was inspired by his frequent frustrations on short-term trips. We’ve all experienced the nagging necessity of getting through airport security, unpacking a couple of items back at the hotel room, then just having to do it all over again the next day. This bag was made to simplify your traveling experience.“I don’t think of it as a bag … it’s more of a travel system,” said Bank. “I designed The Highlander as a highly organized, carry-on-approved travel bag. It’s made to open flat, so you never have to unpack it; to be quick and easy to get through airport security, and compact enough to carry everything you need for trips up to four days. There’s no more checked luggage and the frustration that comes with it.”MNML LeatherThe bag has a ton of space for organizing your clothes and shoes along with a place for a kit of grooming products, accessories, or whatever else you like to travel with. It also includes an easy-access zippered pocket on the outside and two small storage pockets on the inside.Aside from its clear travel advantages, the Toronto-based craftsmen make each product with weatherproof leather that will stand up to any climate — if you’re a leather connoisseur, you know how huge that is. In fact, Bank’s family-owned vegetable tannery, Wicket & Craig, is the only tannery in the world crafting this specific kind of eco-friendly weatherproof leather.So, since MNML Leather is supplying you with a stunning, luxury leather bag that holds up in wet weather — it must carry a steep price tag, right? Well, this is what Bank likes to call “reasonable luxury.” Even though the bag is made with tough materials, then put together through a meticulous production process, it’s priced extremely well starting at $245.The MNML Leather Highlander Bag eclipsed its crowdfunding goal shortly after the campaign started. The bag is scheduled for December delivery. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits last_img read more

Lotus Tower opening marred by claims of major scam in 2012

Sirisena said that more money is needed to fully complete the project. (Colombo Gazette) As a result, the President said that there was no sign of the Rs. 2 billion which was paid by the then Government for the project.The President said that he had launched an investigation through the Sri Lankan Embassy in China and found that there was no company named ALIT at the given address in China. However, Sirisena, who was elected President in 2015, said that by 2016 there was no sign of ALIT. He said that the money had been paid to Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co. Ltd (ALIT) in China. Sirisena said that later the current Government resumed construction of the tower using public funds.He said that the tower was constructed using a loan obtained from China’s EXIM Bank which Sri Lanka needs to pay back.The President said the tower has been constructed using money which could have been used to pay public sector salaries, purchase medicine, etc. The opening of the Colombo Lotus Tower was marred by claims of a major scam linked to the deal in 2012.Speaking at the opening of the tower, President Maithripala Sirisena said that in 2012 a Chinese company had been paid Rs. 2 billion by the then Government as part of the deal for the project. read more