Space Tourism by 2014

  • If your idea of the perfect vacation is a ride into space in the morning and some scuba diving in the afternoon, there’s good news. A company from the Netherlands says it hopes to offer rides into space from a spaceport in the Netherlands Antilles by 2014. If this sounds fantastic and impossible, you’re right about one adjective and wrong about the other. Space Experience Curacao has signed a memorandum of understanding with XCOR Aerospace to lease a Lynx suborbital spacecraft. The Lynx takes off from a runway, but its rocket engine can propel it to about 65 miles above the Earth — what’s considered the edge of outer space. When the rocket engine shuts off, the Lynx glides to a landing back at the airport’s runway.
    (tags: space flight)

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