Space Travel: Looking For A Unique Destination? How About Touring Off-Earth?

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Space Travel: Looking For A Unique Destination? How About Touring Off-Earth?

Photo by Nicolas Lobos on Unsplash By Christine Andas

By Christine Andas

July 06, 2021

On your next travel itinerary, shoot for the stars and visit space!

Wonder about the cosmos no more when companies finally begin selling seats to the spectacle that they call space tourism. This recreational travel experience will bring non-crew civilians beyond the verge of the earth.

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Reputable astronauts and scientists have had their turn exploring space. Now, companies funded by centibillionaires are giving people outside the industry the chance to reach intergalactic space. But before you take on the adventure of a lifetime, read on to know more about space travel and its pros and cons.

Photo: @jeffbezos / Instagram Jeff Bezos with 82-year-old Wally Funk, the first female FAA inspector and first female NTSB air safety investigator | Photo: @jeffbezos / Instagram Photo: Richard Branson / Facebook Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson along with the Unity 22 crew | Photo: Richard Branson / Facebook

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Who’s offering a seat?

Space companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are racing towards a future where regularly touring the cosmos is possible.

Virgin Galactic, which was recently granted a full commercial license by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow non-astronauts onboard a spacecraft, is preparing for this possibility. The company’s founder Richard Branson will be joining the test crewed spaceflight on 11 July.

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If all goes to plan, Branson will beat Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos’s plan to reach space while riding the first crewed spaceflight of the New Shephard on 20 July. Onboard the spacecraft will be Jeff, his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and the auction winner. The third seat which was auctioned has reached USD28 million.

SpaceX, on the other hand, is not in any rush and is instead planning for something equally groundbreaking. The space company announced that it will launch the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission called Inspiration4 to orbit.

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Space Travel: Looking For A Unique Destination? How About Touring Off-Earth?


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