space tourism only for a close number
February 24, 2007 12:07pm CST
The news that Sir Richard Branson has signed a deal to take paying passengers into space suggests the Ansari X-Prize has achieved its goal of bringing space tourism closer to the masses. One of the aims behind the $10m (£5.7m) challenge was to galvanise enthusiasm for private manned spaceflight, thereby bringing "out of this world" tourism within reach of ordinary people. In the past, space travel has been open only to the privileged few; either government-back astronauts or millionaires with enough spare cash to book a flight on a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. Virgin Galactic's fleet will be based on the technology developed by aviation legend Burt Rutan for SpaceShipOne, the Ansari X-Prize contender which made history in June as the first private manned craft to travel 100km (62 miles) above Earth - the official boundary of space. That flight proved to the world that there was nothing fanciful or far-fetched about private individuals making their own space vehicles. wouldn't voyage in space????????????????????????????