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Explore the vast reaches of space and mankind’s continuing efforts to conquer the stars, including the Solar System, Astronomy, plus what the future holds for space travel and exploration.
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Space Tourism

  • How Space Tourism Works
    On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari, a telecommunications entrepreneur, became the first female space tourist and the fourth space tourist overall. Could you be next? Find out what's in the works to get you to space.
  • How Spaceports Will Work
    If the future of tourism lies in outer space, then we'll need to blast off those amateur astronauts from somewhere. Compared to the average airport, how space-age will these spaceports be?
  • How could a hotel orbit the earth?
    A new space race is on -- who will be the first to build a space hotel? One company has gathered 3 billion dollars to do just that. Find out what life in a luxury space hotel might be like.
  • How Space Camp Works
    Kids from around the world flock to Huntsville, Ala., to attend Space Camp. What's so appealing about science class in the summer, and can a 40-year-old go to camp?
  • How SpaceShipOne Works
    It's launch time for the first privately funded space flight. In the course of battle for the X Prize, a group called Scaled Composites has built and tested SpaceShipOne, a sub-orbital spacecraft intended to carry tourists on the ride of their life.
  • How the Virgin Galactic Works
    The not-so-distant future, regular people will be able to take flights into space. So how do you score a spot on a Virgin Galactic flight?
  • How Will Blue Origin Work?
    Jeff Bezos made his fortune selling books online. So the next obvious step was to build rockets. Right? How does Blue Origin, Bezos' space travel company, stand up to the other commercial space racers?
  • Is space tourism safe?
    If you had the money, would you pay $200,000 to launch into space? For at least one couple, the answer is yes. But is a space tour safe for the average citizen?
  • How SpaceShipTwo Will Work
    Virgin Galactic is trying to give the average person a chance at playing astronaut for a day -- on SpaceShipTwo, the the world's first civilian passenger spaceliner.

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