For NASA, private partnerships with companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are helping revive its own human missions.
While they are yet to set a date to start commercial operations, Virgin Galactic has said it anticipates doing so in 2020.
Each mission to the ISS will last for atleast 30 days and cost $58 million for a round trip,
NASA wants the International Space Station to be used for commercial purposes as well as for research.
Some of Virgin Galactic’s ticket holders have been waiting over 14 years for their trip.
The rotating space station will allow for tourism as well as low-gravity needed for scientific experiments.
The rocket is designed to carry up to 6 people on a journey lasting 11 minutes start to finish.
If successful, Virgin Galactic would be a major step toward the dream of commercial space tourism.
NASA wants to expand its human & robot missions to Mars & the moon with "Space Exploration Campaign".
Here is a glimpse into the projects looking to put people in space, and what they involve.
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The space module will have a 16-inch big window in the lounge and a porthhole of 9-inch in the private rooms.
Stephen Hawking has accepted an offer by Richard Branson to visit space aboard a Virgin Galactic ship
Hawking revealed that Richard Branson had offered Hawking a seat on board the Virgin Galactic, and Hawking had accepted the offer immediately.
Space tourism projects leaped off the drawing board when a $10 million prize was offered as an incentive for private development of manned rockets, but it took years to make a winner. Many more years have passed since, but the only space tourists have been a few wealthy people who paid millions of dollars for trips aboard Russian rockets to the International Space Station.
Despite the SpaceShipTwo crash, Virgin Galactic will resume tests on its spaceships by 2015.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic opens the world’s first commercial spaceport in New Mexico; WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo celebrate with dramatic fly-past.
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic opens the world's first commercial spaceport in New Mexico; WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo celebrate with dramatic fly-past.