Space tourism - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Space tourism


Virgin Galactic seeks space tourism boost with market launch

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'By embarking on this new chapter...we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,' says Richard Branson

RICHARD BRANSON. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson speaks during a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, says NASA.

NASA The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic

LIVE: August 21, 2017 North America solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21 Watch it here courtesy of NASA

In this file photo, a total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016.  Bay Ismoyo/AFP

SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018

Feb 28, 2017 - 7:04 AM

This would be the furthest humans have ever traveled to deep space

In this file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

Russia races to replace British singer Sarah Brightman as space tourist

May 15, 2015 - 12:36 AM

This after Sarah pulls out 4 months ahead of her planned trip due to family reasons

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:32 AM

On the survival course Brightman has to spend 72 hours outside and construct a wigwam shelter using branches and a parachute while knee deep in snow

SPACE TOURIST IN TRAINING. A handout picture released by the press service of the Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on January 20, 2015 shows British singer Sarah Brightman attending a press conference at the GCTC in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, January 19, 2015.  File photo by GCTC Press Service/Handout/EPA

Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Nov 04, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Investigators point out that a lock unlock lever used to activate a process in SpaceShipTwo s tail section – typically to slow it for re entry into the Earth s atmosphere – had been moved by the co pilot

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Probe of US spaceship crash may take a year

Nov 02, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Debris from the SpaceShipTwo rocket crash was strewn over an area 5 miles 8 kilometers long indicating a likely in flight breakup

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Pilot dead as Virgin spaceship crashes in US desert

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Space is hard and today was a tough day says Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides

'SETBACK' FOR SPACE TOURISM. Debris from the crash site of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two rests in the Mojave desert, some 30 miles north of Mojave, California, USA, October 31, 2014. Spaceship Two crashed during a test flight killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

More Filipinos in space? One man thinks it's possible

Dec 16, 2013 - 12:36 AM

The former underdog is getting ready to go where no Filipino has gone before

FIRST FILIPINO. Chino Roque counting down the days until his flight into space. All Photos by Gen Cruz

Virgin Galactic spaceplane breaks sound barrier

Apr 30, 2013 - 8:32 AM

SpaceShipTwo ignited its engine after being released by WhiteKnightTwo a plane that carried it to 47 000 feet 14 000 meters above California s Mojave desert