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NASA Is Opening the ISS to Tourists – but Don’t Worry, You Can’t Afford It

Starting as early as next year, NASA will make the International Space Station available to space tourists and other business ventures. Sounds exciting, but the associated costs are far beyond what most of us can afford. Read More >>

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Historic Virgin Galactic Flight Reminds Us That ‘Space’ Is Just a Concept, Man

Yesterday, Virgin Galactic sent its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space, a historic first for the private company. But at a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles (82.68 kilometres), the spaceplane fell 10.6 miles (17.32 kilometres) short of the Karman line – the internationally recognised boundary separating the atmosphere from space. Prompting the inevitable question: What the hell is space, anyway? Read More >>

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SpaceX Pumps the Brakes on Its Plan to Send Tourists Around the Moon

In a move that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, SpaceX is postponing its plan to send a pair of private citizens on a trip around the Moon. Read More >>

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People Are Already Opening Accounts to Save for Space

In the halcyon days of yore, people put away money with the hopes of retiring somewhere warm, where they could argue about chicken salad with other curmudgeons until they expired. But very soon, the new retirement hotspot might be on Mars. While billionaires like Elon Musk have long touted human settlement of the Red Planet, at least a few Read More >>

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Money Won’t Save SpaceX’s Moon Tourists If Something Goes Wrong

On Monday, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that for the first time in history, it will be sending two private citizens on a trip around the Moon, in a Dragon 2 spacecraft. Because sending untrained civilians into space apparently isn’t enough of a gamble, Musk added that this mission would be taking place in Q4 of 2018. As an added reminder for emphasis, that’s next year. Another reminder: SpaceX has yet to send any humans into space, period. Read More >>

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Here Is Your First Look at Virgin Galactic’s New SpaceShipTwo

Two years ago, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo, the space plane it hoped to use to send tourists into space, failed on a test flight and crashed in the desert. Now, Virgin Galactic has unveiled a brand new version of SpaceShipTwo. Read More >>

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We’re Entering a Golden Age of Space Tourism Propaganda

Whether they’re selling tickets to orbit or making sure the science funding keeps flowing, rocket companies and space agencies alike have a vested interest in getting the public jazzed about the cosmic beyond. So it’s no surprise that we’re now entering a new – and beautiful – age of space tourism propaganda; one that’s bringing back the beloved, classic design elements of long-past atomic age propaganda. Read More >>

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How Many Taxpayer-Funded Spaceports Does Richard Branson Need?

Space tourism sounds pretty fun, if exorbitantly expensive. The ticket to ride is far from the only pricey thing about it. Building a spaceport for launches and returns costs hundreds of millions. So why does Sir Richard Branson now want to build one in the UK, right after finishing one in America—which isn’t even sending folks to low orbit yet? Read More >>

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Flight Tests of Virgin Galactic’s New Space Plane Could Start Early Next Year

Hard to believe, but it’s been one year since SpaceShipTwo disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. Undaunted by the tragedy, Virgin Galactic has been hard at work building the second version of the suborbital rocket plane: a slightly modified version that may finally usher in the era of space tourism. Read More >>

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Speaks Out About SpaceShipTwo’s Tragic Crash

Last year, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed catastrophically above the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now, the pilot of White Knight Two, which carried SpaceShipTwo to altitude, has spoken out about what happened on the day. Read More >>

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SpaceShipTwo’s Surviving Pilot Was Ejected Into -70 Degree Air

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong in with the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. While the National Transportation Safety Board has been looking into an issue with the braking system, the agency has released details from surviving pilot Peter Siebold about how he managed to escape the exploding spacecraft. Read More >>

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Why Space Travel Matters More Than Ever

On Friday, somewhere in the Mojave desert, investigators began the long process of understanding the events that led to the tragic accident that killed one pilot and left another injured. And even after they finish, plenty of questions about the future of the commercial space industry will remain. But the one we'll always know the answer to is if space travel is worth pursuing. Read More >>

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Documentary About Space Tourism Will Talk You Out of Going to Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can. If you have a shitload of money, that is. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet. Read More >>

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Watch a Virgin Galactic Test Flight from Onboard the Engine

This is what a Virgin Galactic supersonic flight with the SpaceShipTwo looks like, up close and personal. It's not quite space, but it's still damn gorgeous to watch. Read More >>

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Pedro Guessed How High A Balloon Could Fly, So He Gets To Go To Space Next Year

Some super lucky people win cars;  some win money, and the rest of us are happy to win a jar of jellybeans for guessing the jar's quantity. And then there's this guy. "Pedro" from Brazil (the only information given about him) won a trip to space today, and all he had to do was guess how high in the atmosphere a balloon got before it burst. Read More >>