Published on : Saturday, January 18, 2014
The Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and Andy Thomas, who flew his first mission into space in 1986, described Australia well poised to play a major part in the expansion of commercial space travel.
Paolo Nespoli said, “It’s got wide open spaces, ideal for launch facilities, good climate, and good engineering background and it’s also got all of the elements you need.”
Space tourism has become a reality in the last few years’ unlikely possibility, although with its considerable price tag, it is unlikely ever to be reachable to the masses. Over the next few decades, commercial flights are expected to increase considerably, since then various space tourism ventures have been declared. No date has been fixed for its first commercial flight, though Richard Branson recently said, “2014 will be the year when we will finally put our beautiful spaceship in her natural environment of space.”
From Spaceport America in New Mexico, hundreds of future space tourists have already put down deposits for the chance to fly.
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