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# space tourism
First private space mission costing each passenger $55 million readies for launch to ISS
The widely reported price for tickets — which includes eight days on the outpost — is $55 million.
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# edge of space
Explainer: Where exactly does space begin?
Jeff Bezos set off in a rocket today – but did he actually go to space?
Jeff Bezos has flown just above the Karman line - a commonly referenced definition for the boundary between Earth and space.
However there is no set limit for the edge of space and experts differ on where the boundary is established.
Opinion: The billionaire space race is the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth
Amazon's Jeff Bezos just launched himself to the edge of space
# space tourism
Billionaire Richard Branson set for first space flight with Virgin Galactic
The billionaire businessman will test the ‘private astronaut experience’ during his flight this month.
# rocket science
Virgin Galactic successfully launches shuttle in step towards space tourism plans
The shuttle, with two pilots on board, took off and landed today.
# space tourism
The first space tourist flights could happen over the next year
Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are racing to be the first to finish their tests.
# space tourism
Tourism Ireland have launched an ad for the new Star Wars film into the stratosphere
They must be really desperate to get people to visit Irish cinemas.
# Fly me to the moon
Puffy faces and a constant need to pee: Moon tourists may be in for a rough ride
Last week SpaceX announced it would launch two tourists to skirt Earth’s satellite next year.
# SpaceX
Two space tourists are going on a trip around the moon next year
In a statement this evening, the company said that the two people had paid a “significant deposit” to travel beyond the moon.
# hitting the high notes
Time to say goodbye: Sarah Brightman is the next €48m space tourist
The Opera star says she’s training to sing in microgravity.
# the right stuff
Virgin Galactic pilot describes unbuckling from his seat as it plummeted to Earth
Pilot Siebold has now been discharged from hospital.
# space tourism
Virgin Galactic spaceship broke apart after a descent device "prematurely deployed"
The initial suspicions come as allegations of poor safety practices are being made.
# SpaceShipTwo
One pilot dies after Virgin Galactic spaceplane crashes in test flight
The SpaceShipTwo was conducting a test flight over California.
# up up and away
Want to be a space tourist? Company gets lift off for balloons which go 20 miles above Earth
How much will it cost, you ask? A mere €55,000…
# private spaceships
The new space race, and the startups looking to profit from it
Whether for personal dreams of adventure or for profit, these companies are doing the engineering and basic science needed to get humans into space.
# Spaceport
Virgin Galactic opens world's first spaceport in New Mexico
The company, which aims to become the world’s first commercial spaceline, plans to launch its first space flight within a year.
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Fly me to the moon: Virgin Galactic on hunt for pilot-astronauts
‘Spaceline’ launches search for pilots to lead its commercial space trips – “prior spaceflight experience is an advantage”.