Sure, they’re billionaires, but the exploits of Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have undeniably brought space tourism a step closer. That raises tricky legal, ethical and environmental questions.
Here’s what a space tourism industry led by Bezos, Branson and Musk might mean for the planet.
Sir Richard Branson’s successful spaceflight marks the beginning of a new chapter for space tourism.
It wasn’t long after Jeff Bezos announced his plans to go to space that Sir Richard Branson joined in, setting a launch date to beat Bezos by nine days.
Several spaceflights scheduled over the next few years will take non-astronauts to space. But it’s not certain this privilege will ever extend to anyone beyond the extremely wealthy.
The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are offering trips to the stars for those who can pay.
The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies are on the cusp of offering trips off Earth for those who can pay.
Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.
Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?
How do people in a special airplane flight get to float like there is no gravity – just like astronauts? An aerospace engineer explains.
Empathy and scientific knowledge will be key for astronauts looking to travel to Mars.
When it comes to commercial space tourism, suborbital flight are the first frontier. But what are the risks? Are there health requirements? What should you know before taking such a way-out trip?
SpaceX’s launch of astronauts to the International Space Station will make it the first private company to launch humans to space. The effort has ramifications for NASA and spaceflight in general.
Although it has yet to fly any paying passengers and is currently loss making, Virgin Galactic aims to be profitable by 2021.
The opportunities in space are limitless. But without a sustainable approach to the space industry, our ability to exploit them won’t be.
By 2069, we could be seeing the start of regular journeys from the moon to Mars.
Episode 3 of the To the moon and beyond podcast takes a look at who some of the key players are in the 21st century space race and what they are competing for.
In the future we might get sick of hearing people tell their stories about going to the Moon. Perhaps the Moon will just be like thinking about today’s Antarctica – a remote but accessible place.
This are looking up when it comes to launching things into space from Australia. The rules on what can be launched are currently under review and open for comment.
Jeff Bezos plans to charge US$200,000-300,000 for a trip to outer space. And it’s going to cost him an astronomical amount of money.