Frustrated dot-com millionaires who've run out of holiday gift ideas can make a really stellar purchase: a $2.2 million Russian spaceship.
The Soyuz TM-26 space capsule, a three-man craft that flew into orbit on a 1997 mission to the Mir space station, is for sale at www.thespacestore.com. The capsule weighs 2.8 tons, and is more than 2 meters tall and 2 meters in diameter.
The sale is the result of a partnership between the Space Store's parent company, Space Media Inc., and RSC Energia, the Russian manufacturer of the craft. The companies are working to "promote Energia's achievements in and contribution to peaceful space exploration," according to the site.
But will it sell? "There's no doubt," says Dayna Justiz, operator of the site. "I expect it to go by Christmas or Hanukkah. This gift is really out of this world."