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. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 14th, 2012 @ 7:15pm


    A one-way trip to Mars sounds like just the right solution for some people.

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    fb39ca4, Jun 14th, 2012 @ 8:24pm

    How corporations will get their asteroid mines, etc.

    1. "Corporations are people, my friend."
    2. Rockets carry people.
    3. Put corporations on rocket.
    4. Fly rocket to asteroid/moon/comet/other celestial body.
    5. ???
    6. Profit!!!

    Problem, NASA?

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    fb39ca4, Jun 14th, 2012 @ 8:30pm

    Here's another one:

    1. Corporations cause global warming.
    2. Put corporations in rocket.
    3. Send rocket to Mars.
    4. Wait...
    5. Mars is habitable!

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    Beta (profile), Jun 14th, 2012 @ 10:22pm

    iron pyrite propulsion

    Maybe I'm a pessimist, but 2023 sounds ludicrously unrealistic for a Mars colony, and the Mars One web site looks like a scam.

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    Michael Ho (profile), Jun 14th, 2012 @ 11:42pm

    Re: iron pyrite propulsion


    I think it comes down to how much funding Mars One really has. I don't think they say how much their budget is, but if it's ridiculously low, then 2023 *is* ludicrous.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 15th, 2012 @ 2:10am

    Re: Re: iron pyrite propulsion

    Mars One are depending on public funding through making the whole thing a giant reality TV show, they done a discussion on Reddit a while ago

    (link http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/ufb42/ama_i_am_founder_of_mars_one_sending_four_people/ )

    Think its safe to say this is never getting off the ground....unfortunatly

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    explicit coward (profile), Jun 15th, 2012 @ 3:35am

    Re: Re: Re: iron pyrite propulsion

    What I don't understand is that they do not have options for private persons to contribute to this project. Why only have corporations?

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    John Nemesh, Jun 15th, 2012 @ 1:10pm

    It's pretty incredible when you stop to think about it...

    My father is doing some of the work out at Spaceport America (LC Mechanical is his company)...the other day, I was talking to my Mother on the phone and she casually said something to one of the office workers, "get me the file for the spaceport, will you?".

    I didn't think anything of it at the moment, but on reflection, this was the first time I have heard someone casually toss off the word "spaceport" in casual conversation!

    Anyone else feel like they just stepped into a sci-fi novel?

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