Space tourism is the recent phenomenon of tourists paying for flights into space pioneered by Russia.
As of 2008, orbital space tourism opportunities are limited and expensive, with only the Russian Space Agency providing transport. The price for a flight brokered by Space Adventures to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft is now $20 million. Flights are fully booked until 2009.
Among the primary attractions of space tourism are the uniqueness of the experience, the thrill and awe of looking at Earth from space, the experience's notion as an exclusive status symbol, and various advantages of weightlessness. The space tourism industry is being targeted by spaceports in numerous locations, including California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, Alaska, Wisconsin, Esrange in Sweden as well as the United Arab Emirates. Some use the term "personal spaceflight" as in the case of the Personal Spaceflight Federation.
- 1 Early dreams
- 2 Precedents
- 3 Orbital space tourism
- 4 Suborbital flights
- 5 Orbital flights, space stations and space hotels
- 6 Advocacy, education, and industry organizations
- 7 Opinions of commercial space tourism
- 8 Objection to "Space Tourist" terminology
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links