Out of the world: Get ready for space trip
The dream of space tourism is coming closer to reality. SpaceX is planning to send up to four private citizens into space to take a trip around Earth. This should happen sometime at the end of 2021 or in early 2022. The spaceflight company announced an agreement with Space Adventures, a space tourism business that has helped seven different private citizens take trips to (and from) the International Space Station aboard Russia’s Soyuz rocket and spacecraft.
The companies said that the tourists will fly in the human-rated version of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and that they will orbit Earth at two to three times the roughly 250-mile height of the ISS.
SpaceX has spent the last few years building and testing out this new version of Dragon as part of a contract with NASA to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS, after years of using the spacecraft to shuttle cargo to the space station. The private spaceflight company recently completed the second major flight test of the Crew Dragon, as it’s called, which demonstrated the capsule’s ability to escape an exploding rocket.
Did you know
Space tourism is big! Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are also planning to send people into space.