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Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace
    #11185439 - 10/05/09 09:55 AM (8 years, 18 days ago)

Space Adventures says ready to send 2 tourists on each space trip

KOROLYOV (Moscow Region), October 2 (RIA Novosti) - The U.S. firm Space Adventures said on Friday it will be able to send two space tourists into orbit on Soyuz spacecraft from 2012 onwards.

Space Adventures has been authorized by the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos to select and contract candidates for space tourist trips.

"We have been working on this project for a number of years. Each Soyuz will carry two tourists and a professional astronaut. One of the tourists will have to pass a year-and-a-half training course as a flight engineer," said Sergey Kostenko, the head of the company's office in Russia.

The official said Russia's RSC Energia corporation has the capacity to build five Soyuz spacecraft per year instead of four, meaning that Space Adventures will be able to use at least one Soyuz for space tourism purposes.

"The International Space Station (ISS) program requires four Soyuz spacecraft per year, and we have been informed by RSC Energia that they will be able to increase the annual production to five spacecraft," Kostenko said.

He added that Space Adventures would pay for the construction of the spaceship, the launch services and the salary of a Russian cosmonaut as crew commander.

The official also said the company already had a number of candidates who were willing to pay for trips into space, including Russian-born American billionaire and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

At present, the price of a 10-day trip to the ISS for a tourist is estimated at about $35 million.

Space tourists started flying to the International Space Station in 2001. Dennis Tito, an American businessman and former NASA scientist, became the first space tourist when he visited the ISS in 2001. He was followed by South African computer millionaire Mark Shuttleworth in 2002, and Gregory Olsen, a U.S. entrepreneur and scientist, in 2005.

In 2006, Anousheh Ansari, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, became the first female space tourist.

U.S. games developer Richard Garriott, the son of former NASA astronaut Owen K. Garriott, went into orbit for 11 days in October 2008 on board a Russian Soyuz TMA-13.

U.S. space tourist Charles Simonyi, one of the founders of Microsoft, made two trips to the ISS - in 2005 and 2009.

Guy Laliberte, the Canadian founder of entertainment company Cirque du Soleil, arrived at the ISS on Friday and will stay on board until October 10.

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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: Diploid]
    #11185903 - 10/05/09 12:00 PM (8 years, 18 days ago)

Yep. It is a step in the right direction for the long term, but we still have a lot of earthly obstacles to over come before it can really get interesting.


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: mozhual]
    #11185918 - 10/05/09 12:03 PM (8 years, 18 days ago)

it be like futurerama the moon will just become a giant theame park, unless aliens attack it might be our first line of defense, you think thell leave the moon landing thingy from one some step for man, or sell it on ebay?


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: hidenseek]
    #11186111 - 10/05/09 12:46 PM (8 years, 18 days ago)

Americans would have a fit if anyone disturbed those foot print or that flag. Even though in all legality they don't own any of it.


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: mozhual]
    #11202335 - 10/07/09 08:03 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

Why not, Columbus stuck a flag in America and claimed it for Spain even though the Indians where there.

We managed to get there before anyone ever.


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: mozhual]
    #11202394 - 10/07/09 08:09 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

Quote:

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Americans would have a fit if anyone disturbed those foot print or that flag. Even though in all legality they don't own any of it.




They are likely already disturbed from the thrusters of the eagle lander.


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: mozhual]
    #11202502 - 10/07/09 08:24 PM (8 years, 16 days ago)

Quote:

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Americans would have a fit if anyone disturbed those foot print or that flag. Even though in all legality they don't own any of it.



You are talking about possibly the greatest human accomplishment of all time.  Honestly Id love to go into space however I cant seem myself making enough money to accomplish that, itd be the highlight of my life if I could pull that off


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: DieCommie]
    #11205798 - 10/08/09 06:57 AM (8 years, 15 days ago)

Oh yea most of the foot prints are gone no doubt. I would imagine though that the ones leading up to the flag and the place where they hit the golf ball and stuff would be undisturbed and considered important by some. I could care less though.


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"Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? Then he is not omnipotent...
Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent...
Is he both able, and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him god." Epicurus c. 300 BCE

"When I brought up the fact that 'No drug is good or bad, they're all just A drug, what someone does with them determines the postive or negative outcome. Look at medicine, those are drugs' Reponse was that 'well medicine solves problems' well so does LSD." -Learningtofly


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: mozhual]
    #11262905 - 10/17/09 12:05 AM (8 years, 6 days ago)

honestly is it really tourism when you have to train for almmost 2 years to accomplish your goal, is that really a vacation or more like an endeavorer or a hobby.\\\

Space is about to become privatized and rapidly. Its a shame that NASA's work that has been done in the past 50 years is going to get stomped on by the major corporations all the things NASA went threw, all teh training and experimenting and all the effort and work that went into making all these discoveries and technologies, is all going to get forgoten as big SPACE becomes privatized and turned into a profit. They will first fund themselves, by sending people into space, to fund future efforts to industrialize space. Itll be much more reasonable to just make space crafts in space, rather then on earth and have to waste all that energy getting into orbit. Once they can mine the moon and asteroids, being a worker in outter space will become the #1 most dangerous job, and naturally Discovery channel will host a TV show about it.


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: snoot]
    #11264656 - 10/17/09 11:46 AM (8 years, 6 days ago)

imagine space travel was easy to go anywhere, it be way easy to set up a cult or a terriost group, your own religion, even make your own history on a empty planet, people would believe you if its all they knew


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Re: Space Tourism Is Becoming Commonplace [Re: hidenseek]
    #11265096 - 10/17/09 01:27 PM (8 years, 6 days ago)

as we gain knowledge of how the universe works, things will be discovered.


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