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Up, up and away: As Blue Origin makes its sixth flight, how much does space tourism cost and will it ever be affordable?
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Up, up and away: As Blue Origin makes its sixth flight, how much does space tourism cost and will it ever be affordable?

After a number of flights into space by SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic in the last one year and several more lined up, one thing is certain: space tourism is finally taking off. But, with prices running into hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions, will it ever be affordable?

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flies six astronauts to space in fifth crewed mission
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flies six astronauts to space in fifth crewed mission

The white spacecraft called New Shepard lifted off with a roar from a desert spot in west Texas at 8.26 local time (1326 GMT)

Jeff Bezos offered actor Tom Hanks a seat on Blue Origin's spaceflight for
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Jeff Bezos offered actor Tom Hanks a seat on Blue Origin's spaceflight for "28 million bucks or something"

He didn't need to spend 28 million dollars to get the experience of being in a space flight but would perhaps do it if it were free, just to feel the joy of “pretending" to be a billionaire.

Blue Origin plans to launch private space station for commerce and research, can house 10 people at one time
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Blue Origin plans to launch private space station for commerce and research, can house 10 people at one time

According to a fact sheet released by Blue Origin, Orbital Reef will fly at an altitude of 500 kilometers (310 miles), slightly above the ISS, with inhabitants experiencing 32 sunrises and sunsets a day.

Star Trek star William Shatner becomes oldest person in history to fly to space
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Star Trek star William Shatner becomes oldest person in history to fly to space

Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

William Shatner, Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, blasts into space on rocket built by Jeff Bezos
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William Shatner, Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, blasts into space on rocket built by Jeff Bezos

Shatner became the oldest person in space, eclipsing the previous record — set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship in July — by eight years

William Shatner will be the oldest astronaut to go to space at 90: How space tourism can affect older people
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William Shatner will be the oldest astronaut to go to space at 90: How space tourism can affect older people

At high g-forces, blood can be pulled away from the head which can starve the brain of oxygen and lead to visual changes including tunnel vision, loss of colour or complete loss of vision.

Blue Origin to launch actor William Shatner, three others today at 7.30 pm IST: How to watch it live
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Blue Origin to launch actor William Shatner, three others today at 7.30 pm IST: How to watch it live

New Shepard launches to an altitude of roughly 101 km, a widely recognized marker of where space begins and known as the Kármán line and the full mission lasts about 10 minutes.

Beam me up, Jeff! William Shatner lends Blue Origin star power
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Beam me up, Jeff! William Shatner lends Blue Origin star power

William Shatner is all set to fly on Blue Origin's next human spaceflight on October 12

Blue Origin confirms William Shatner, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, will fly to space
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Blue Origin confirms William Shatner, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, will fly to space

"I've heard about space for a long time now. I'm taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle," said the 90-year-old actor in a statement

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch its second space flight on 12 October with Capitan Kirk onboard
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch its second space flight on 12 October with Capitan Kirk onboard

While Blue Origin did reveale the names of two members of the four-person crew it did not confirm whether William Shatner would be on the flight.

Here are the eight space tourism options that will give you a taste for the unknown
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Here are the eight space tourism options that will give you a taste for the unknown

Elon Musk's SpaceX has four private space tours - Inspiration4, AX-1, space adventure and dearMoon - lined up with various private players travelling to the moon or orbiting the earth.

NASA to test out new tech on Blue Origin’s latest New Shepard launch
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NASA to test out new tech on Blue Origin’s latest New Shepard launch

Blue Origin’s mission comes on the heels of its growing feud with NASA with the company filing a lawsuit against the agency over the Artemis 3 mission.

Blue Origin sues NASA over decision to award Artemis moon lander contract to SpaceX
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Blue Origin sues NASA over decision to award Artemis moon lander contract to SpaceX

The bidders said that the evaluation process was unfair and that NASA should award more than one contract when SpaceX won the human landing system contract worth $2.9 billion.

NASA didn't violate regulations by awarding moon lander contract to SpaceX: US watchdog
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NASA didn't violate regulations by awarding moon lander contract to SpaceX: US watchdog

The finding is a blow in particular to Blue Origin, which was seen as the second strongest bid.

Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion discount to secure Artemis moon lander contract
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Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion discount to secure Artemis moon lander contract

The human landing system contract is worth $2.9 billion and Bezos said "this offer is not a deferral, but is an outright permanent waiver."

Dream of becoming a space tourist? Here's how you can make it happen
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Dream of becoming a space tourist? Here's how you can make it happen

First tickets sold by Virgin Galactic were sold for $200,000 to $250,000 each, but the cost for future sales will go up.

Twitter and Instagram reacts to Jeff Bezos' spaceflight with hilarious memes
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Twitter and Instagram reacts to Jeff Bezos' spaceflight with hilarious memes

On Tuesday, Earth's wealthiest person Jeff Bezos and a crew of three others blasted off and spent a mere three minutes in space.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to break down just how rich is Jeff Bezos
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to break down just how rich is Jeff Bezos

Tyson had also said that neither Branson nor Bezos actually went to space since it was just a suborbital flight.

Amazonification of space has begun with private players making space travel accessible
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Amazonification of space has begun with private players making space travel accessible

The people who sold you the internet will now sell you the moon and the stars.