Somehow, this isn't the first time we've written about a giant space balloon.
Which means more than one company wants to ship you off the planet in a stratospheric balloon.
Such are the times we're living in, when the luxuries of a first-class flight on an actual plane are being upended by trips outside the earth's atmosphere.
World View is launching a new space tourism experience that will take you to the edge of space, roughly 100,000 feet above the ground. You can reserve your seat now, with flights expected to begin in 2024.
Rival outfit Space Perspective will take off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, but World View is launching from the Seven Wonders of the World via five-day experience packages. Explore sites like the Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, Giza Pyramids or another iconic landmark, then see what it looks like from really, really high up.
Flights will lift eight passengers and two crew members in a zero-pressure balloon with a pressurized space capsule into the stratosphere, with the total experience lasting between six and 12 hours. You'll see Earth’s curvature and the darkness of space, as you ascend to nearly 20 miles above the planet, or about three times higher than a commercial flight.
The luxury experience also includes fully reclining seats, a personal in-flight concierge, dining and a bar, so you'll be comfortable. There's also internet and access to Earth-view cameras and star-view telescopes.
The company has experience ascending to great heights. In 2014, World View carried Alan Eustace 135,890 feet up. Tethered to the underside of the balloon while wearing a pressurized suit, he then completed the world's highest and longest sky dive, a record that still stands today.
You, however, are encouraged to keep your hands and feet inside the balloon at all times.