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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XCOR to Raise Ticket Prices for Suborbital Space Plane Flights
XCOR's Lynx Spaceplane Diagram
July 31st, 2015
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
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Stunning Photo Shows SpaceShipTwo Pilot Parachuting to Earth After Crash
SpaceShipTwo Pilot Peter Siebold Parachuting to Earth
July 29th, 2015
The photo shows SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold floating back to Earth via parachute on Oct. 31, just moments after the vehicle broke apart in a test-flight disaster that killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 26, 2015
Earth's 'Cousin' Exoplanet, Kepler-452b
July 26th, 2015
Planet like an older Earth is found, Stephen Hawking signs on to an ambitious search for extraterrestrial life and a faulty strut is proposed as the cause of SpaceX's rocket explosion in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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Rocket Explosion a 'Huge Blow for SpaceX,' Elon Musk Says
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon Before Failure June 28
July 10th, 2015
The Falcon 9 exploded less than 3 minutes after blasting off on June 28, scuttling SpaceX's seventh contracted resupply flight to the orbiting lab for NASA. The consequences of the mishap will probably be substantial for the company, Musk said.
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Deadly SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused by Co-Pilot Error: NTSB
The twin tail booms on Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo are seen swiveling into their feathered position in this image from a tail-mounted camera taken just before the spacecraft broke apart, killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot, during an Oct.
July 28th, 2015
The fatal breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo space plane last year was caused by a co-pilot error, as well as the failure of the spacecraft's builders to anticipate such a catastrophic mistake, federal safety investigators say.
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SpaceX 'Complacent' Before Rocket Explosion, Elon Musk Says
SpaceX's Falcon 9 disaster
July 22nd, 2015
Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX had enjoyed 20 straight successful launches over a seven-year stretch. That track record perhaps made the company a bit complacent, Musk told reporters Monday (July 20).
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