The opening ceremony of the viewing platform "Sky Trail» (Skywalk), built over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
First visitor "Heaven trail" Tuesday was the astronaut Buzz Aldrin (Buzz Aldrin) - the second man to walk on the moon. Impressions from his walk down the hall with a transparent bottom, at a height 1, 2 kilometers above the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Aldrin described as "excellent».
Among the first visitors of the "Heavenly trails" were also representatives of the Hualapai Indian tribe (Hualapai), whose ancestors once inhabited areas adjacent to this part of the Grand Canyon. Hualapai, whose reservation is about 150 kilometers from the "Heaven trail", took an active part in the creation of a viewing platform, which should attract many tourists.
For ordinary tourists viewing platform opens March 28, 2007.
The costs of creating "Heaven trail", the construction of which began in March 2004, is estimated at $ 30 million. The structure consists of two parts - the building is located on a cliff and a horseshoe tunnel with a transparent bottom, which is issued at 20 meters above the Grand Canyon.
According to the creators of the observation deck, the construction is built with a large margin of safety. The tunnel is able to withstand a load of 35,000 tons, wind gusts up to 160 kilometers per hour and earthquakes up to 8 on the Richter scale.
It is assumed that at the same time be able to enjoy views of 120 visitors. Admission to the "Heaven trail" will cost about $ 25. It is expected that in the first year of the observation deck of her visit to 600 thousand people, and in subsequent years the number of visitors will increase to one million per year.