DailyDirt: Who Wants To Be An Astronaut?

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Not too long ago, becoming an astronaut was an amazing achievement that only a very few, rigorously selected and intensely trained pilots could ever hope to attain. But nowadays, while it's not exactly commonplace to be a space traveler, if you have enough disposable income, you could pay the Russian Space Agency for a ride or line up to buy a ticket on a commercial flight (to the "edge" of space). Over 500 people have been in space (from 36 different countries), and plenty more people will follow them. Here are just a few things you might want to know about space travel before you plan your next trip. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    That One Guy (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 9:37pm

    ...but then again, some folks have been asking what the point of going to space is for decades.

    I'm guessing none of the people asking that question have ever heard of those things known as 'satellites', or the related technology 'satellite communications'?

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