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# Space Travel

Last year
# 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.
All time
# 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
# final frontier
Amazon's Jeff Bezos just launched himself to the edge of space
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made the voyage on 11 July, narrowly beating Bezos.
# abort abort abort
Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdown
The earliest a relaunch can be attempted is tomorrow morning.
# fresh air
Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of science
It’s about seeing how astronauts would survive during long-term space travel.
# home from home
Twins? Not quite. But Nasa has found the most Earth-like planet yet
Pack your bags though, it’s quite a trip.
# secret plans
Space exploration has a new major player in town...Google
The giant web company is spending nearly €1 billion on a San Francisco air base.
# Blame Game
They still don't know why the US space rocket exploded - but they're blaming the Russians
Fingers are being pointed at the 1960s era Russian rocket used by Orbital Sciences.
# New Frontiers
Forget the package holiday. A spaceport for commercial flights is being built in the UK
Eight locations have been selected that would be suitable for the new spaceport.
# Space Oddity
7 of the best bits from Commander Chris Hadfield's AMA
The retired astronaut returned to Reddit for the third time to answer all our pesky questions. He really loves us.
These people are NASA's eight new astronauts
The astronauts will earn between $64,000 and $141,000 per year, and will be part of the team that lays the groundwork for NASA missions.
NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft is broken - but they're determined to fix it
The planet-hunting telescope is 40 million miles from Earth and searches for Earth-like planets outside our solar system.
# final frontier
Are humans or robots the future of space travel?
“We are a long way from the Terminator, or the Matrix” says Nasa chief historian.
# Mars
Tycoon wants to send couple on Mars mission
Many of the finer details of the Inspiration Mars project – initially funded by the world’s first space tourist Dennis Tito – have yet to be worked out but it is hoped it will allow for zero-gravity sex.
Column: Why I want to be Ireland's first female astronaut
Engineer, Norah Patten, has always been fascinated with space and has even made a career out of it. Now she wants to be Ireland’s first female astronaut. Here she tells us why.
Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally
It’s good to be curious about a world outside our own, because being inquisitive in the past has gotten us where we are today, writes Conor Farrell.
# Space
US-Russian crew blasts off for space station
NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin face what may be the heaviest workload in the 12-year history of the space station.
# skydiving
World record: Daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydives from 24.2 miles above Earth
The Austrian skydiver jumped from about 128,000 feet above earth – breaking the sound barrier in his four-minute freefall.
# pic of the day
Out of This World Pic of the Day
A view from Mars.
# Space
Chinese astronauts make first successful docking with space lab
The docking was a significant moment for China, which is aiming to build a space station by 2020.
# Back To The Future
The year 2000? Space suits, moon pants and teaching TVs
Everyday items of the year 2000… according to predictions made in 1962.
Video: Your uber-fast future commute to work?
Shopping in New York, dinner in Beijing and home in time for bed – it could be possible…
# view from above
And here is the view from space...
NASA timelapse photos. It’s a wonderful world.
# Discovery
In pictures: Discovery missions from 1984 to 2011
As the retired shuttle prepares to make its last journey – by plane – to a museum in Washington, we look back over its 27-year career.
# Space Bound
Ashton Kutcher wants to be a space cadet
Richard Branson revealed that the actor is the latest addition to his Virgin Galactic space flight on his blog.
# Space Travel
Long missions in space may damage eyesight
Prolonged periods of space travel might damage astronauts eyesight according to new research. NASA say they are not unduly worried.
# Space
NASA probe to arrive at the moon on New Year's Eve
The spacecraft has been travelling for almost 4 months – but will slip into the moon’s orbit this weekend.
# Space
Russian spacecraft set to crash back to Earth next month
The unmanned Phobos-Ground craft, which was set to land on one of Mars’s moons, will return sometime in January.
# Space Wars
Microsoft co-founder announces plans for commercial space travel
Forget Browser Wars: now Paul Allen wants to go head-to-head with Richard Branson in offering commercial space flight.
# Mystery
In pictures: What is China building in the Gobi desert?
A bizarre series of huge structures have appeared on satellite images in a remote area of China…
# Space Travel
Watch: manned Russian Soyuz launches from Kazakhstan
Three men were on board the rocket as it heads for the International Space Station where they will remain until March next year.
# Mission to Mars
Russia’s race against time to save Mars moon probe
Russian spacecraft engineers have three days to reset the onboard computers of a probe bound for Mars, which is stuck in orbit.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the world.
# whoops
Astronauts may face food shortage after Russian supply craft crashes
An unmanned Russian craft, carrying nearly three tons of food, water and oxygen, is lost after it fails to reach orbit.
# Space hotel
Room with a view: Russia unveils plans for new hotel... in space
There are ambitious plans for the so-called Space Hotel to be opened by 2016.
# space shuttle
Watch live: Space shuttle Atlantis docks at International Space Station
The last ever shuttle mission arrives at the space station today. Watch the historic event live.
# space shuttle
Endeavour makes safe landing as Atlantis prepares for final mission
Endeavour’s final mission ends safely – just as Atlantis is rolled out to a launch pad ahead of the last ever Shuttle mission.
# Goodbye
Endeavour departs International Space Station for the final time
Endeavour is now on its way back to Earth after completing NASA’s construction efforts on the International Space Station.
# Good News
Good news from space: Gabrielle Giffords doing "really well" after skull surgery
Astronaut Mark Kelly says an operation on his wife’s skull has gone successfully – from the International Space Station.