Space Tourism: The Latest News, Features and Photos

Learn the latest news about space tourism and space tourist trips into outer space. SPACE.com looks at the growing business of space tourism.
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A Decade into a New Spaceflight Era, a Mixture of Frustration and Optimism
Brett Alexander of Blue Origin
October 22nd, 2014
Company executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism and impatience.
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Sierra Nevada Files Suit To Reinstate Hold on NASA Commercial Crew Contracts
Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser
October 16th, 2014
Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.
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Private Inflatable Room Launching to Space Station Next Year
Artist's Interpretation of Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
October 6th, 2014
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to head to the orbiting lab inside SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The BEAM mission will test out expandable-habitat technology, NASA officials have said.
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Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk to Speak at MIT Conference This Week: Watch Live
Buzz Aldrin
October 21st, 2014
Astronauts and innovators, including SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk, are descending upon MIT this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the university's aeronautics and astronautics department.
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NASA Resumes Work on Private Space Taxi Contracts
NASA commercial crew program
October 10th, 2014
NASA announced Oct. 9 that it has lifted an order that halted work on commercial crew contracts awarded last month to Boeing and SpaceX, saying that delaying work during an ongoing contract protest could jeopardize the operation of the ISS.
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Private Dream Chaser Space Plane May Launch from Giant Aircraft
Stratolaunch and Sierra Nevada Corp. Launch System
October 6th, 2014
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.
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Virgin Galactic Will Fly Rocket-Powered SpaceShipTwo Test Flights Soon
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 7, 2014
October 17th, 2014
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Aces Glide Test Flight
SpaceShipTwo Lands After Glide Flight, Oct. 7, 2014
October 8th, 2014
SpaceShipTwo completed an unpowered "glide flight" from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport Tuesday. The vehicle rotated its tail and wings upward during the test, "feathering" them as it would to during the descent phase of a suborbital spaceflight.
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Virgin Galactic 'On the Verge' of Private Space Launches, Richard Branson Says
Virgin Galactic's first private SpaceShipTwo spaceliner launches on a supersonic powered flight test on Jan. 10, 2014. The company aims to fly six passengers and two pilots to suborbital space and back for $250,000 per ticket.
October 5th, 2014
One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's spaceship, is "on the verge" of another breakthrough in the industry.
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