DailyDirt: Space Tourism Is Almost Here
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The Space Shuttle program is retired, but we still have the Soyuz (and maybe a mysterious secret mini-shuttle) to get people into space. On top of that, though, the private space industry is starting to kick in with more and more ambitious plans to offer rides into space — or at least to the edge of space. Here are just a few more examples of these private efforts.
- Travel agents are already booking seats on Virgin Galactic — for $200,000 (including a $20,000 upfront deposit). Over 450 passengers have already bought tickets. [url]
- Mars One is aiming for human settlement on our neighboring planet around 2023. It’ll be a one-way trip, so plan accordingly. [url]
- The Hermes spacecraft received some Kickstarter funding to build its next test rocket. It’s still far from developing a rocket system ready for humans, but it’s still cool to see more engineers trying to re-invent space travel. [url]
- Alliant Techsystems (aka ATK), which manufactured the Space Shuttle’s booster rockets, is developing a rocket system it calls Liberty. This Liberty rocket system is designed to hold 7 passengers and reach destinations like the International Space Station. [url]
- To discover more links on space exploration, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.