In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Plans for space tourism experience a surge. NASA’s Perseverance rover assesses Jezero Crater for its first sample collection.
Human Space Exploration
Space tourism hitting its strideCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceSpacepolicyonline.com (5/14): It was two decades ago that the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed its first private astronaut, Dennis Tito, a U.S. engineer and businessman who paid Russia for a Soyuz launch. Occasionally, others have followed. But now, four confirmed orbital trips by private astronauts to the ISS or into orbit are planned for the next several months; another future mission plans to fly a tourist around the Moon; and suborbital tourism appears imminent. The plans raise questions of NASA’s role and whether current laws and regulations for private space travel are sufficient.
Japanese billionaire, Russian actress to fly to ISSCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceSpaceNews.com (5/13): Space Adventures, the U.S. space tourism company, announced Thursday that Japan’s Yusaku Maezawa will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in early December on the Soyuz MS-20 mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Earlier, Maezawa reached an agreement with SpaceX to launch on a commercial mission around the Moon. The announcement of ...