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Taking a vacation in space is an idea that just won't go away. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, has branched out into selling a great many things other than books. Now he has plans to develop commercial spacecraft that will launch into orbit from a spaceport in the little town of Van Horn in West Texas.

Andrew Buncombe writes in the Independent that, unlike the shuttle-style vehicles being planned by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, the amazon craft will launch and land vertically. Bezos hope to send his first group of tourists into space in 2010, two years after the projected start of the Virgin Galactic trips.

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