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You only have to be rich to fly in space

Wealthy passengers who can afford a ticket will endure only a few days of training

Justin Bachman | Bloomberg 

The so-called “space billionaires”—Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk — imagine a day when people will live and work in space, gradually transforming humanity into a multi-planet species. The next step in that direction is the development of a space tourism industry, and that’s about to become a reality. The rich will go first, of course, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to be astronauts — if only for a few minutes. These extreme-tourism-style flights by Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are seen as a precursor to an era when blasting to ...

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 22:38 IST