Thursday, July 29

Space Tourism

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You won’t go to space any time soon, no matter what the billionaires say

This month, billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson went on suborbital space flights with their respective companies. The billionaires say they plan to make space tourism mainstream, but the trips came with hefty price tags. Space law experts say the prices aren't the only thing that will stop the average person from going on a space tour. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Jeff Bezos’ astronaut wings might only be’honorary’ after the FAA changed the definition of an astronaut

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin's first-ever New Shepard crew may only qualify for "honorary" astronaut wings from the FAA. The FAA updated its astronaut criteria on the day that Bezos rocketed to the edge of space. The new guidelines make a clear distinction between "flight crew" and "spaceflight participants." LoadingSomething is loading. Jeff Bez...
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Jeff Bezos went to space to realize how fragile Earth is. A 10-minute flight may not be long enough to experience this’overview effect.’

Astronauts realize Earth is fragile when seeing it from space. This is called the "overview effect." Jeff Bezos endeavored to feel that sensation during his roughly 10-minute spaceflight on Tuesday. One expert isn't sure a short flight is enough to profoundly change the billionaire's perspective. LoadingSomething is loading. When NASA astronaut...
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Jeff Bezos’ guest describe a short, crowded spaceflight experience:’There was not quite enough room’

LoadingSomething is loading. Blue Origin rocketed its first passengers to the edge of space on Tuesday morning. Roughly 10 minutes later, the crew returned to the West Texas desert after spending just three minutes in zero gravity."I loved every minute of it," Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator, said in a ceremony after the flight. "I just wish it had been longer."The billionaire Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000, invited Funk an...
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Watch live as Jeff Bezos launches to the edge of space on Blue Origin’s first passenger flight

Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is about to fly to the edge of space.The billionaire founder of Amazon and Blue Origin is riding a New Shepard rocket up to the Kármán line — an imaginary boundary 62 miles (100 kilometers) above sea level, where many experts say space begins. There, he's expected to experience weightlessness and stunning views of Earth for about three minutes.Bezos won't be flying solo. His brother, Mark, is set to join him, along with an 18-year-old Dutch high school graduate named Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, an 82-year-old aviator who trained to go to space in the 1960s but was ultimately denied the opportunity because she was a woman.New Shepard has flown successfully 15 times, but never with peo...
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Jeff Bezos is risking his life to reach space. The rocket has flown 15 times, but he’ll have no pilot and possibly no spacesuit.

LoadingSomething is loading. Jeff Bezos is about to place his life in the hands of Blue Origin's rocket engineers.Bezos, who founded the company in 2000, will be the first passenger on its New Shepard rocket, along with his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Dutch student Oliver Daemen. The group is set to strap into a capsul...
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Business owners in a tiny desert town are’excited but apprehensive’ to see whether a $220 million bet on billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceport will pay off

New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the US, paid $220 million to build Spaceport America. Sunday's launch has some hopeful that space tourism will revitalize their struggling town. Other business owners are skeptical, saying they've seen little positive impact from the investment. LoadingSomething is loading. ...