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August 6, 2013

Space - the final frontier. No longer just the science fiction voyages of the Starship Enterprise but a real adventure opening up for tourism.

Dennis Tito, a spritely 72-year-old American, wants to send people to the planet Mars. The multi-millionaire has set up the Inspiration Mars Foundation and plans to send a couple on a 501-day round trip to the red planet in 2018.

Space is something Tito knows well. He was the first space tourist, paying Russia a reported $20 million (€15.4 million) for a ticket to the International Space Station in 2001. He and others, including the entrepreneur Richard Branson, are leading efforts to commercialise space travel.

March 1, 2008

The world is getting smaller – more and more people can afford to go to increasingly exotic destinations with relative ease. There is, as Nick Leader discovers, only one place left to travel to for those who are after the ultimate getaway: space

The world is getting smaller – more and more people can afford to go to increasingly exotic destinations with relative ease. There is, as Nick Leader discovers, only one place left to travel to for those who are after the ultimate getaway: space

If things stay on course, we are less than two years away from the media event of the decade or, quite possibly, the century. In 2009 Virgin Galactic, the commercial space line founded by Sir Richard Branson, is scheduled to launch its inaugural spaceflight from Spaceport America in the Mojave desert, New Mexico.

March 1, 2008

Virgin Galactic, the first private company to successfully send a human into space, is leading the field because it has re-written the rules of spaceship design.

The next destination for people who have exhausted earth's four corners is space (click here to read more). Virgin Galactic, the first private company to successfully send a human into space, is leading the field because it has re-written the rules of spaceship design. Designer Burt Rutan's craft has three main features that make it unique.
 

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