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Space tourism to International Space Station set to resume in 2013

Guy Laliberte in space

Space Adventures, the private firm that sent seven paying clients on trips to the International Space Station (ISS) between 2001 and 2009, will have three more seats available for tourists to fly to the outpost starting in 2013, the company announced in a January 12 press release. As with past Space Adventures trips to the [...]

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What will space tourism mean for climate change?

SpaceShipTwo test flight

If space tourism ever becomes big business, as plenty of well-heeled backers hope, the danger of the enterprise might not be confined to those who book a ride to the edge of space. A robust suborbital spaceflight industry could deposit enough soot in the stratosphere to cause significant global climate change, according to a new [...]

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Boeing unveils plans to launch private citizens into orbit

Boeing CST-100 space capsule

Aerospace and defense giant Boeing has tossed its hat into the space-tourism ring, announcing that it has agreed to market future rides into Earth orbit to paying customers. The company announced the private-spaceflight initiative, in concert with Space Adventures, on September 15. The future of private spaceflight remains speculative—no one can say with any certainty [...]

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What makes Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo more than just a high-flying plane?

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) in the hangar

With all the hubbub surrounding the Monday unveiling of Richard Branson’s new SpaceShipTwo, billed by Virgin Galactic as "the world’s first manned commercial spaceship," some of us began to wonder: What makes a spaceship a spaceship? After all, the flights that Virgin Galactic is hawking for $200,000 do not put passengers into orbit. And as [...]

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