Take a Ride in SpaceShipTwo, Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

We've seen Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo both inside and out, and now you can actually plunk down $1.76 million for a ride in it, blasting you and five of your closest friends 63 miles into space. SpaceShipTwo is expected to start launching paying passengers into space in 2008.

The latest Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog of exotic gifts is offering the trip, which includes four nights of winding down apres spaceflight at Richard Branson's private retreat in the British Virgin Islands.

Someday in the not-too-distant future we'll laugh at this $1.76 million price tag, but for now, maybe we could get Neiman Marcus to donate a charter spaceflight as a Gizmodo contest prize. But then, some of our commenters don't have to be in space to be weightless. No, no, I'm not talking about you. Commenters, what should it take to win the trip?

Niemann Marcus Christmas Book [Niemann Marcus, via CNN Money]