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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Amazing SpaceX Reusable Rocket Test Caught on Video
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage Soft Landing
July 22nd, 2014
The video, which SpaceX released today (July 22), shows a Falcon 9 first stage returning to Earth in a controlled fashion after helping launch six commercial satellites on July 14 for the firm Orbcomm.
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Space Tourism Needs an 'Orbital Megabus' to Truly Lift Off (Op-Ed)
Virgin Galactic spacecraft, space travel
July 16th, 2014
'Space tourism' is a catch-all term that encompasses three different ideas of what the industry could look like.
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SpaceX Reusable Rocket Test Returns Booster to Earth, then 'Kaboom'
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Looking Back at Earth
July 15th, 2014
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
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Amazing World View Balloon Flight Video Reveals Stunning Look at Earth (Exclusive)
A view from 120,000 feet
July 15th, 2014
On June 18, Arizona-based World View launched a scaled-down version of its balloon system to an altitude of nearly 23 miles. The unmanned flight featured spectacular views of Earth from the stratosphere, as the new World View video reveals.
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SpaceX Receives FAA Approval for Proposed Spaceport in Texas
The spaceflight company SpaceX flies a reusable rocket prototype, the F9R, on a test flight from its McGregor, Texas, proving grounds. The Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has received FAA approval for a potential private rocket launch site in Cameron C
July 14th, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas.
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Surfin' on Sunlight! Privately Funded Solar Sail to Launch by 2016
An artist's illustration of the Planetary Society's LightSail-1 solar sailing spacecraft. The novel space propulsion mission is set to launch in 2016 atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
July 11th, 2014
On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015 (LightSail-A) and a full mission the next year (LightSail-B) with nearly identical hardware.
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US Too Dependent on Russian Rocket Engines, Experts Tell Lawmakers
The Russian RD-180 rocket engines seen here are used to launch expendable Atlas 5 rockets operated by the U.S. launch provider United Launch Alliance.
July 17th, 2014
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
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Experimental Space Plane Designs Wanted by US Military
DARPA's Experimental Space Plane Deploying a Satellite
July 15th, 2014
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
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SpaceX Rocket Launches 6 Commercial Satellites into Orbit
SpaceX Launches ORBCOMM Satellites #2
July 14th, 2014
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.
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