Questions tagged [tourism]

Within the context of space exploration: recreational, privately funded space- and suborbital flights (usually of short duration). Space tourists may perform scientific experiments during flights as a secondary activity.

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Would Jupiter look big?

This question keeps coming to me as I daydream about space. Suppose, hypothetically, I traveled to Jupiter (or any other relatively large object compared to earth) but had no knowledge of its size or ...
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Challenges to constructing a “building” in Earth orbit (something like a hotel) 100% robotically?

Today my younger brother and I, while discussing the idea of building any commercial building (something like a hotel) in the Earth orbit, got into some debate with the assembling of the building in ...
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Could folks in space see giant projections of art on mountains like this one? Was this one seen or recorded?

Could folks in space, either space station astronauts in LEO or even future space tourists in suborbital arcs be able to see large projections like this on the sides of mountains? Did ISS astronauts ...
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How can I calculate the weight a aero-spacecraft occupant experiences during sub-orbital but non-ballistic trajectories?

Once in orbit, astronauts experience "weightlessness" relative to their capsule or space station because they are moving at the same orbital velocity as the surrounding spacecraft. I have ...
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Why isn't the engine's Case-Throat-Nozzle reusable in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo?

I raed on https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/engine-powering-future-civilian-spaceflight-enters-collections-180971493/ (mirror): RocketMotorTwo is a hybrid rocket motor that ...
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Which components are non-reusable after a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic?

I wonder which components are non-reusable after a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic. What I have found so far: https://www.virgingalactic.com/learn/ (mirror): With the exception of the ...
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What kind of badge will tourists who performed a sub-orbital spaceflight receive?

I have read that tourists who performed a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic will receive some kind of astronaut badge. However, on the Wikipedia page on the United States Astronaut Badge, ...
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Would Earth fireworks work on the Moon or on Mars?

Fireworks have had a very long history and have evolved into highly engineered devices with simultaneously excellent performance and reliability. Even small tweaks require research, testing, and are ...
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Could the SpaceShipOne fly again?

A similar question to that one, but this one is concerning the suborbital SpaceShipOne spaceplane. Could it be reactivated for space tourism or other purposes? I remember in 2011 some sources stated ...
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How long will Blue Origin's New Shepard space tourist flights last?

I tried searching for this, but everything I found says the New Shepard flights will last only a few minutes. Does Blue Origin have stated (or show evidence of likely future) plans for the ...
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Is the night sky on Earth different from the night sky on the moon or Mars?

If colonists or space-tourists spend time on the Moon or on Mars long enough to have a chance to take a good look at the nighttime sky, will they be able to see stars and the Milky Way? Will they ...
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Does Mars have badlands?

This excellent answer addresses the amazing 3D structures shown in the image below: The terrain examples show some striking similarities to what is referred to in the United States as "Badlands" - ...
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Resources for planning and schedule a launch-watching day-trip in Florida?

I know some busy people in Florida who I'd like to encourage to take a break and go watch a launch. They aren't "space people" and won't be keeping up on technical blogs or NASA or industry websites. ...
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What are the options of a space enthusiast regarding visiting Plesetsk?

Last year I was in Murmansk and fell in love with the far north of Russia. I'm planning another trip somewhere towards Karelia, northern Ural or such... and being a space enthusiast I'm quite tempted ...
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Why did Virgin Galactic choose N2O / HTPB as its fuel?

It seems very exotic compared to something like RP1 or Methane, especially for a vehicle which should be flying a lot and around civilians. Why was this choice made?
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What expenses and risks might the state of California incur that might partially justify a new “rocket tax”?

I see several mentions in recent news of a proposed tax on launches in the state of California, and that it would be 'by the mile'. The nature of the currently proposed tax is described in this ...
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California's rocket tax “by the mile”, how would that work exactly?

I see several mentions in recent news of a proposed tax on launches in the state of California, and that it would be 'by the mile'. If someone is familliar with the issue, could they outline how this ...
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Could you enter this building when it was over New York City?

The Forbes article New York Architects Plan Enormous Skyscraper Hanging From An Asteroid In Space describes a sky scraper suspended from an asteroid in a geosynchronous (but not geostationary) orbit ...
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Has every passenger been an astronaut? Will they be in the future?

There have been a number of paying passengers on orbital missions in the past, and it is likely there will be many, many more in the future, and not only on orbital missions. I'm thinking that ...
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Does SpaceX have any significant additional legal hurdles for flying private citizens around the moon?

SpaceX recently announced they are planning to fly two private citizens around the moon. I'm sure a normal space flight has all sorts of legal complications, but does the addition of 2 private ...
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Are there other companies than Bigelow Aerospace planning to offer a space hotel?

After reading up on the matter I noticed that there currently are only two options to remain in space for longer than a few hours: International Space Station (US and Russia) assembled in orbit: ...
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What was the first space tourism company?

What was the first company that came up with the business plan of taking tourists to space? In which year was the company launched or the outline of the business plan known to public? What was the ...
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How far did Pan Am go with its plans to have passenger trips to the Moon?

It is well known that Pan American World Airways took more than 90,000 reservations for future passenger flights to the Moon from 1968 until its fall into bankruptcy. How far beyond that did Pan Am go?...
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Indian Manned Flight to 'Near Space' by ISRO?

I recently read about Google exec Alan Eustace's record skydiving jump from a 'near space' altitude of 135,890 feet and was surprised to learn that the balloon which lofted him up to that height was ...
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Baikonur trip cancelled at the 11th hour (29 May 2014)

A friend and I travelled to Kazakhstan in May and booked a trip to see the 29 May launch. Everything was fine, we had permits for everything except the launch itself (all the museums, Gagarin's ...
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Near-future consumer space travel

Is there any evidence to support the likelihood of widespread consumer space travel in, say, the next 20 years? I attempted to do some research on commercial space travel, and came across Virgin ...
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How could I travel to space as an ordinary citizen?

I have heard about people paying lots of money to become Russian cosmonauts, essentially space tourists. Is it still possible to 'buy your way' into space? What sort of training would be required ...