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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SpaceX's Next Dragon Spaceship, Rocket-Landing Site Sign Star in Photos
Dragon Capsule Leaving SpaceX Headquarters
March 25th, 2015
The private spaceflight company posted a photo of a SpaceX sign at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that reads "Landing Complex 1," and also released images of a Dragon cargo vessel about to leave SpaceX headquarters on Feb. 23.
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Space Age Artwork Unveiled at Spaceport America
'Genesis' Sculpture at Spaceport America
March 17th, 2015
An impressive sculpture is now in place at the main entrance of New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Artist Otto Rigan has created GENESIS – a multi-ton sculpture that is 40 feet wide, 23 feet high and 5 feet deep.
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World View Makes 1st Commercial Balloon Flight to Near Space
A World View balloon ready to lift off from southeastern Arizona on March 8, 2015, on the company's first commercial flight.
March 11th, 2015
World View lofted two payloads during a balloon flight Sunday (March 8) from southeastern Arizona. The mission was part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate's Flight Opportunities Program.
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Virgin Galactic Opens Rocket Plant to Build Satellite Launchers
Rep. Rohrabacher at New Virgin Galactic Plant
March 18th, 2015
Virgin Galactic opened its latest commercial spaceflight facility this month to build a new rocket capable of launching small satellites into orbit.
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XCOR Aerospace Picks Ex-Air Force Official as New CEO
XCOR Aerospace's Lynx Space Plane
March 16th, 2015
Representatives with XCOR Aerospace — the company responsible for developing the Lynx space plane — announced today (March 16) that John "Jay" Gibson will head up the commercial spaceflight company.
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Soprano Sarah Brightman Reveals Mission Patch for Space Station Flight
Sarah Brightman Space Mission Patch
March 10th, 2015
Sarah Brightman will be 'chasing dreams' and 'shaping futures' when she launches on a self-funded trip to the International Space Station in September, the soprano said as she revealed her personal mission patch at a press conference in London.
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Sierra Nevada Unveils Cargo Version of Private Dream Chaser Space Plane
Artist's concept showing Sierra Nevada's unmanned Dream Chaser Cargo System docking to the International Space Station.
March 18th, 2015
Sierra Nevada Corp. today (March 17) unveiled the autonomous cargo version of its Dream Chaser space plane, which the company hopes NASA chooses to fly the next round of cargo missions to the orbiting lab.
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Lockheed's 'Jupiter' Space Tug Could Fly to Space Station, Moon and Beyond
Lockheed Martin envisions its Jupiter spacecraft and Exoliner container as first serving as an unmanned cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station.
March 12th, 2015
Lockheed hopes the system — which features a space tug known as Jupiter and a supply module called Exoliner — wins a NASA contract for the next round of cargo missions to the space station. But the company's ambitions extend beyond Earth orbit.
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Spaceport America for Sale? New Mexico May Be Considering It
New Mexico’s Spaceport America
March 10th, 2015
Lawmakers in New Mexico are considering a bill to sell Spaceport America, a commercial space launch site that will be the home port for Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spaceliner flights.
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