Japanese space tourists safely return to Earth

Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, right, space flight participants Yusaku Maezawa, center, and Yozo Hirano attend a news conference ahead of the expedition to the International Space Station at the Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, Oct. 14, 2021. During an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, Maezawa … Read more

A manned Soyuz flew two Japanese space tourists to the ISS

The Soyuz-2.1a rocket, which carried the MS-20 mission capsule into orbit, took off at 8.38 Polish time. The mooring at the ISS was completed successfully before 15.00. The mission, which started on Wednesday, included two private participants – fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa and accompanying media producer Yozo Hirano. Both were financed by Maezawa from his … Read more

TWIRL 42: Russia set to send two space tourists to the space station

We’ve got a fairly busy week in space launches next week. Just months after Russia sent an actress and film director to space, it has said it will be delivering one cosmonaut and two space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS). We’ve also got a manned launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard which will … Read more

Five planned space stations for tourists and astronauts

There has been a continuous presence of humans in space since 2000, when the International Space Station became operational. Now, as the floating laboratory gets closer to its inevitable retirement, there are questions around what would replace it. Private companies are looking to commercialise low Earth orbit, with space stations that would welcome tourists, researchers … Read more

still 46 destinations closed to tourists

Secondo l’Unwto Travel Restrictions Report, 46 destinations (21% of all destinations worldwide) currently have their borders completely closed to the tourists. Of these, 26 destinations have their borders completely closed since at least the end of April 2020. Another 55 (25% of all global destinations) continue to have their borders partially closed to international tourism … Read more

Japanese space tourists arrive at launch site ahead of ISS trip

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrived at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday for training ahead of his flight to the International Space Station on a Russian-operated spacecraft. Maezawa’s mission—set for departure on December 8—will be the first to take space tourists to the ISS in over a decade. The 45-year-old … Read more

While waiting for the return of tourists, Kyoto seeks to avoid bankruptcy

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, October 14, 2021. CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP Riddled with debt, the city of Kyoto impatiently awaits the return of tourists and questions its finances. As in 2020, autumn, a season prized for the beauty of its landscapes tinged with the red of maple trees and the yellow of ginkgo … Read more

The elite Canadian pilot who’ll be flying Virgin Galactic tourists to space

Janjua in front of the VSS Imagine, in Mojave, California, at the Virgin Galactic facility (Courtesy of Quinn Tucker/Virgin Galactic) Jameel Janjua calls them “future astronauts.” That’s partly corporate speak—Virgin Galactic’s preferred term for customers who pay upward of US$450,000 for tickets to the edge of space. But coming from Janjua, the phrase sounds believable. … Read more

SpaceX space tourists back on earth | Current world | DW

The “Crew Dragon” space capsule landed on Saturday evening shortly after 7:00 pm (local time, 1:00 am CEST) in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida, as was shown in a live video transmission. The four US citizens spent three days in space without a professional astronaut. A SpaceX ship made its way to the … Read more