Space Tourism

Here’s a thought if you’d like a really way-out destination for your next holiday – space. According to CNN, Traveling to space is just months away for hundreds of paying tourists, as prices come down, and more options come on the market.

Russia charges private travelers $40 million to ride on its Soyuz spacecraft and spend a few days aboard the international space station. Cirque de Soleil founder Guy LaLiberte is famous for taking that trip. Now hundreds of travelers have signed up and trained to be among the first paying passengers aboard Virgin Galactic’s trips to suborbital space — 62 miles above the Earth. Yes it’s owned by Richard Branson and the price tag is $200,000. And a company called Space Adventures, which is in partnership with Boeing and Armadillo Airspace is advertising suborbital trips for about half that price: $102,000.

After the initial launches, Virgin Galactic expects that numbers of space tourists will grow to thousands and eventually tens of thousands.

New Mexico’s Spaceport America, where the company plans to permanently base its space flights, has completed a nearly 2-mile spacecraft runway.

Washington has licensed a total eight non-government spaceports.

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