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The Future of Space Travel

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Posted on August 14, 2012 in Travel News

We've been on a space binge lately, and it seems that so has the entire travel industry. With the final frontier being closer than ever, more and more travelers are venturing out to pay homage to the great unknown.

SpaceX is one of a few private firms bidding to fly travelers to the International Space Station. SpaceX currently operates as a space transportation company, and has already sent cargo to the Space Station. NASA has already contracted the private firm to build a manned craft that will send humans to space in 2015.

Virgin Galactic is also vying to be the pioneer of space travel. Richard Branson's company is planning to launch its first space tourism shuttle next year- at $200,000 per seat (only six seats are available on the craft). The shuttle will launch above the planets surface, but below its orbit, and then return to the surface. Virgin Galactic reportedly already has more than 500 people on the waiting list.

To celebrate the Kennedy Space Center's 50th Anniversary, previously inaccessible parts of the NASA complex are now available for tours. Three security-heavy areas, including the launch pad, are now available for tours, led by NASA rocket scientists. You can also tour the rocket hangar- one of the largest indoor areas in the world. The new tours are expected to run through the end of the year. The complex was formed in 1962, and has been used to launch every manned NASA program since 1968.

Can't make it to the moon? Check out cheap flights to anywhere here on Earth!

Posted by jhartmann13 (JJ Hartmann)

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