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Space Tourism

Space tourism is a recent phenomenon where wealthy individuals or

corporations are spending up to $25 million for a chance to travel in low
Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond. California multi-millionaire Dennis Tito
spent $20 million on space tourism to become the first paying tourist, in
2001. Tito, the founder of Wilshire Associates and former JPL scientist,
travelled aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule, launched by U. S. company,
Space Adventures, Ltd, where he spent 7 days aboard the International
Space Station (ISS).

Space tourism has become a bigger goal over the past few years as NASA
has announced they are cutting down on the ventures and the Shuttle will
be retired in 2010.

NASA hopes to rely on the commercial orbital transportation systems

(COTS) to shuttle astronauts and cargo to the ISS thereafter and it looks
like commercial craft will be available by then.

If you've ever seen Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie "Total Recall" you'll

know that space tourism was a central theme to that movie.

In 2006, Iran-born American citizen Anousheh Ansari became the fourth in

the ISS tourism line up and the first female to buy a ticket in the space
tourism industry.

If you think also that space tourism is so expensive that nobody will want
to go, and then think again since there is a waiting list to be launched into
LEO and aboard the ISS.

Space tourism has been criticized as being a "playground for the rich."
And, while there may be some current truth to this, the vision for the
future is to make space tourism affordable and available to the middle
class in just a few, short years. While 'N Sync singer Lance Bass may
have fallen short of cash and Madonna was voted down in her request,
still many companies are working on making suborbital flights affordable
to the general public.

Tired of Disneyland and Magic Mountain? Been to all the major continents
and want more? Done all of the extreme sports and just can't get that
adrenaline rush anymore? Space tourism may just be the Next Big Thing
on your agenda in the not too distant future.

So, if you've got the bug to travel and have always dreamed of going
beyond the confines of Earth, that possibility may just exist sooner than
you think. You'll have to wait a few years to book your flight though as all
of the details are being worked out. Until, then come back to this site often
to see what others are doing


1. Who was the first man to use the travel space?

2. How much did he spend?
3. In which film could you see “space travel”?
4. Who was the first woman to use the space tourism?
5. Space tourism is considered by some as being what?
6. Which famous person was refused to go?
7. Space tourism is said to be funnier than what?
8. Would you like to try space tourism? Why? Why not?