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Suddenly the question of whether cookies baked in outer space taste as good as cookies baked on Earth seems so utterly trivial. According to CNN Travel, the French space tourism company Zephalto is currently “pre-reserving” seats on Celeste, a luxury stratospheric balloon that will whisk guests to the “edge of space” where they will be served a dinner cooked by a Michelin-starred chef.

The balloon, which can achieve speeds of four meters per second, will reach a maximum altitude of 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) in just 90 minutes. Celeste will then float above Earth for three hours — plenty of time to savor a multiple-course meal and sip some of the planet’s finest wines.

But whatever diners are served is likely to have a hard time competing with the views and overall experience of getting there.

For better or worse, the balloon won’t actually enter suborbital space — the level where the loss of gravity and feelings of weightlessness occur — though it will fly significantly higher than your average commercial airliner.

So what does a dinner on the edge of space cost? All told, the experience will set you back around $131,100.

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