Space travel possible for an astronomical price

Are you a bit stir-crazy from being cooped up this past year? Have you been saving your money for a nice long trip?  Well, one company is selling tickets for a ride into outer space this fall. And it will only cost about $250,000.

On May 22, Virgin Galactic had a successful test of its first rocket shuttle, the VSS Unity, to the very top of the atmosphere. The Unity was ferried up to high altitude by the Virgin Mothership (a misnomer if I ever heard one), then released. With rockets on, the Unity went 55 miles above Earth’s surface, with just two pilots on board. For comparison, a jet airliner can go up to about 20 miles high.

In addition to a test flight, the Unity carried a microgravity experiment from NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, which enables partnerships between NASA and commercial spaceflight industry.