May 6 2011
Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens is on his way to outer space. No he’s not being fired as the San Francisco Giants hitting coach (yet) he’s going to be blasted into orbit during a space expedition by his native Curacao.
As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch notes in a recent profile of Meulens, the outgoing former player has been selected as an inaugural “astronaut” for “Space Expedition Curacao,” a commercial space tourism program the Caribbean nation is planning to launch in 2014.
The first 100 flights, though, have been set aside for a group of so called “Founder Astronauts.” Meulens will join three Dutch celebrities — a disc jockey, an air travel pioneer, and a supermodel — on flight No. 1. [...]
“It hasn’t clicked,” said Meulens, who will go through intense space training classes in advance. “It still hasn’t clicked yet.”
Luxury Launches (I guess that’s the travel agency for trips to space) says it’d cost about $90,000 for a regular person to buy a seat aboard the space craft, that’s a lot of money, even on the moon.