Defined as the lifting of paying passengers beyond Earth's atmosphere for essentially recreational purposes, commercial space tourism essentially began in 2001 with the trip of a U.S. financial entrepreneur aboard a Russian Soyuz and has since been dominated by companies including Axiom Space, Blue Origin, SpaceX, and (until March 2023) Virgin Galactic.

And for good measure, we're throwing in ground-based space tourism in places like Toulouse, France; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama, even French Guiana.

And we have...lift off!

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My story is that I was one of the original travel agents interested in selling the Lynx.  It was difficult.  The price was lower than Virgin Galactic and the idea was novel.  I didn't have clientele interested in that type of extreme adventure.  About a year after the XCOR launch, they released my contract for no sales.  It seemed that they also didn't have a marketing team.  I am sure I have the original brochure somewhere. then again, I might have put it in the recycle bin.  I still have…

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  • I´d always thought of space travel in general as not particularly environmentally friendly - apart from the fact that it could be laying the groundwork for finding another planet to escape to after we´ve destroyed the environment of this one. But I was intrigued by what this company is doing in the area of relatively "eco-friendly" space tourism:
    The Promise and Peril of Space Tourism
    A space tourism industry is being built on the proposition of personal and existential transformation. But at what cost?
  • London based financial tech website recent published a good overview about the present and future of space tourism:
  • The BBC then also followed up on the Virgin Galactic flight with a video piece including some pretty cool shots!
    On board Virgin Galactic's tourist journey to space
    A look inside the company's first space tourism flight, which took off from New Mexico on Thursday.
  • Nice!
    Virgin Galactic: First space tourism mission after decades of promises
    Keisha Schahaff and UK student Ana Mayers become the first mother-daughter duo to travel to the edge of space.
  • Welp, looks like a bit of a setback for space tourism - at least in one corner of the industry. I guess we should've known it would have its ups and downs:
    Branson’s Virgin Orbit Reportedly Ceases Operations For ‘Foreseeable Future’ After Failing To Secur…
    Virgin Orbit had furloughed nearly its entire workforce earlier this month as it worked to shore up cash.
  • Just caught this in Salon, and I daresay it's a no-brainer:
    Elon Musk makes climate change worse: A new study confirms space tourism is destroying the planet
    Elon Musk has depicted himself as a foe of climate change, but a new study undermines that claim
  • Space tourism picking up the pace in 2022 with another milestone, as three billionaire space tourists return this week from a paid NASA ride to/from International Space Station:
    Star trek: three rich men return from Nasa’s first foray into space tourism | Nasa | The Guardian
    This was the first time Nasa opened its space hatches to tourists, who paid $55m for a week, which was extended to nearly 17 days
  • About a week ago, Virgin Galactic opened general online registration for its first commercial orbital flights, slated to start late this year. Got $450K lying around? Check out the details here:
    You Can Now Book a Ticket to Outer Space
    Virgin Galactic reopened online registration in February 2022 for its first commercial flights beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Tickets are from $450,0…
  • space tourism is definitely becoming a reality with RocketShip Tours, Space Adventures, and Virgin Galactic all getting into the game....

  • I want to be in THIS group!!!! Big Time Trekkie!!!!
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