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Commercial Space Tourism Within Reach
Dec 10, 2011

For decades, if not longer, many science fiction stories simply assumed that, one day, tourists would enter and traverse space, with space tourism simply forming a background element in their plots. It was probably in 1967 that space conferences first had papers presented on the topic of space tourism, but it was not until April 2001 that the world’s first space tourist, American Dennis Tito, blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, in a Russian Soyuz spaceship to visit the International Space Station (ISS) and spend eight days in space. However, Tito had to undergo full cosmonaut training before the flight and the jaunt cost him at least $20-million.
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