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Taobao now sells tickets to outer space

By Ray Kwong | After Virgin Galactic hurt the feelings of the Chinese people earlier this year by banning Chinese nationals from its space flights, prospects looked dismal for mainland space freaks. Perhaps that’s why 305 buyers signed up within minutes last Thursday when Taobao (yes, the online bazaar where you can truly buy anything) opened up registration for trips to outer space with the Dutch firm Space Expedition Corp. (SXC).