The lure of space travel is already interesting some wannabe astronauts in Australia.

The lure of space travel is already interesting some wannabe astronauts in Australia.A total of ten Australian-based travel companies are currently selling tickets on a tourist flights into space organised by Virgin Galactic, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sydney-based Spencer Travel revealed they sold their first ticket in 2007 to a woman paying $200,000 (£126,494) for the trip.

“Everybody wants to be [first] . . . our client is going to be in the first 100 to go,” said Tina Killeen, general manager of Spencer Travel.

“Now it’s a tangible and real thing . . . people are realising this is real and it’s actually happening.”

Virgin Galactic has starting testing glide flights and it is estimated that around 400 people worldwide have already purchased the chance to be one of the first space travellers.

The company is the idea of entrepreneur Richard Branson, who has been responsible for a number of travel companies including Virgin Atlantic who offer flights to Australia.

Written by Ruth Norris.

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