Let’s Hear it for Space Tourism!

It is encouraging to see so many successful commercial Space companies. I think that their involvement will accelerate the exploration of Space.


On Sunday this week, space start up Blue Origin continued its string of successes by launching its fourth New Shepard rocket, and landing the main section safely back on Earth. This time the rocket carried what will be the crew capsule to be used for space tourism. Blue Origin has shown its prowess in its ability to safely land its rockets – this mission, it proved it can launch its crew module and safely return it to Earth, paving the way for its space tourism business and routine access to space.

The New Shepard rocket is a suborbital craft, meaning it never reaches the speed necessary to escape Earth’s gravity to make it into orbit. It does reach space, however, on a ballistic arc that takes it to an altitude of more than 300,000 feet and speeds of more than 2,200 miles per hour.

blue origin capsule art

That’s enough to give any passengers or scientific…

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