Monday, September 18, 2006

The Final Frontier

What is commercial space transportation?

There is a new breed of space travellers: tourists. In 2001,
Dennis Tito became the first paying passenger in space. And just recently Anousheh Ansari became the first female tourist to travel to the space station.

Although Space Adventures, Ltd. currently claims that it is the only company to currently offer commercial tourism in space, that may be changing. The FAA has created the Office of Commercial Space Transportation and is drawing up proposed regulations.

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