Space tourism is a unique phenomenon: no visa but customs regulations are the strictest all over the globe. Just look out the window and see your destination point. However, almost no one may have a chance to reach it.
7 space tourists have already discovered the orbit:
Dennis Anthony Tito was the first to try space tourism on April 28, 2001. The explorer was born in a poor family, founded own company, grew rich and has been successfully developing private business for many years. Soon, routine appeared boring: as the businessman got to know about an opportunity to discover the orbit, he decided to become the first space tourist and made an application.
It took Dennis Tito 8 months to prepare for the flight. He was already aged and needed all-round training. The businessman suffered a heart condition despite intensive exercising. Fortunately, his health state got better later.
Dennis Anthony Tito paid $20 m to spend almost 8 days in space. The millionaire was amazed by the flight and called it the brightest adventure of the lifetime.
The initial price for tourist space flights was $20 m in 2001 and reached $40 m in 2009.
Space tourism by Virgin Galactic: the future of the industry
Virgin Galactic plans to organize short-term space flights for all the interested. One plane can board up to 8 people, including 2 pilots and 6 passengers. Thus, you can celebrate in space such remarkable event as a wedding, for example.
Flying time – 2.5 hours. It will take you approximately 5-6 minutes under zero gravity. According to the plan, an aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will reach the height of 16 km, then detach a spacecraft SpaceShipTwo that will continue the flight.
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