Miss out on being selected for Survivor II: The Austral-ian Outback? Fans of the reality-TV show shot in north Queensland will soon be able to visit the Ogakor and Kucha tribes' campsites and the Tribal Council rock. The eight-day Official Survivor Tour-run by the Adventure Company-also offers hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking and boomerang throwing. Part-icipants will see kangaroos, emus and other wildlife, but they won't have to forage for food, leap from clifftops or vote each other off the $1,080 tour. Groups depart from Cairns on Sundays between May and November. See .
During the Cretaceous period (65 to 98 million years ago), Tyrannosaurus rex was the earth's most fearsome predator. The 14-m-long, 6.5-m-tall creature could run 40 km/h on its three-toed feet and tear into its prey with 15-cm-long serrated teeth. According to scientists, it also smelled atrocious. Visitors to London's Natural History Museum won't be confronted with the beast's head-spinning body odor, but the three-quarter-size T. rex recently unveiled in the museum's dinosaur pit has been imbued with the aromas of its preferred swampy habitat. The robotic model, created by a Japanese company, also moves (slightly) and roars.
On May 5, 1961, the Freedom 7 capsule was launched into space with U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard on board. That 15-minute flight was the first step in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (nasa) manned space program. Tickets to watch space-shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., are now being sold online. The tickets, which cost $36 ($27 for children) offer admittance to a waterfront viewing site 10 km from the launch pad and are available six weeks before the launch. The price includes a tour of the Space Center. For more details, see .
Armchair travelers who lack the time and motivation to backpack across five continents can now devise an itinerary-and watch others do all the hard work. In the world's first interactive round-the-world adventure, the "New Nomads" (five university friends from France and Italy) are leaving decisions about their transport, destinations and activities to Internet users. Virtual tourists are invited to join the Nomads' caravan at any stage of the four-month journey, which began last December (50 people have already caught up with the travelers, who are currently in Australia). To tell them where to go, click on .