william shatner – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 02:41:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-57.png william shatner – Newton County MO Tourism http://newtoncountymotourism.org/ 32 32 Space tourism took off in 2021, here’s how it went https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-took-off-in-2021-heres-how-it-went/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-took-off-in-2021-heres-how-it-went/ Launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and … [+] space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ASSOCIATED PRESS After years – even decades – of waiting, 2021 […]]]>

After years – even decades – of waiting, 2021 was the year space tourism finally kicked off. In the space of 10 short days in July, the commercial spaceflight industry took two leaps and bounds as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin successfully completed their first flights with paying customers on board.

Although we still don’t have commercial space stations and prices are extremely unaffordable for all but the 1% of the 1%, space tourism is officially here – and here to stay.

Here are some of the highlights of the year’s successful launches and missions, and the people who joined the ranks of “commercial astronauts” as a result of their flights.

July 11 – Virgin Galactic’s first flight

Always one to put on a show, Sir Richard Branson was the first commercial customer to fly into space with his company, Virgin Galactic, in early July. The announcement came quickly, as Branson wanted to reach the edge of space before its competitor, Blue Origin – which it did just 9 days earlier. Branson was joined on board by three VG employees: chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, vice president of government affairs and researcher Sirisha Bandla (who conducted in-flight experiments), and chief operations engineer by VG Colin Bennett.

On the ground before, during and after the flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico, non-flying guests were treated to a variety of entertainment, including a performance by Khalid.

July 20 – First flight of Blue Origin

On July 20, 52 years after the first moon landing, Blue Origin conducted its first successful consumer flight with founder Jeff Bezos on board. The company launched from its West Texas facility with four passengers on board: Bezos, his brother, aerospace legend Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, whose father was one of the bidders. from Blue Origin’s auction for the final seat.

(Anonymous auction winner pulled out days before launch, we later learned was tech/crypto founder Justin Sun, who is now considering buying an entire Blue Origin flight in the future.)

September 15 – Mission Inspiration4

One of the biggest and most enjoyable space tourism stories of the year focused on the Inspiration4 mission, organized and led by US billionaire Jared Isaacman. Isaacman bought a four-person flight on one of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules and organized his crew which included medical assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geoscientist and science communication specialist Sian Proctor and data engineer Chris Sembroski , the latter two of which won their place through fundraising. campaign for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where Arceneaux works.

The Inspiration4 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A in Florida and spent three days in orbit before crashing off the coast of Florida.

October 13 – Beam Me Up, Scotty

For their second consumer flight, Blue Origin made headlines by inviting none other than Captain Kirk himself to join the flight as a guest. The inimitable William Shatner became the oldest person to visit space at 90 and said it was one of the highlights of his life: “I was so fascinated by what happened passed on this flight. It moved me to tears, so much so that…I couldn’t control my emotions for 15-20 minutes,” Shatner told TIME. in an interview after his flight.

December 8 – First ISS tourist (in a while)

For more than a decade, the only visitors to the International Space Station have been astronauts focused on research and other science projects – and a Russian actress/director who visited earlier in 2021 to film scenes for an upcoming movie. In some ways, it seemed like the days of welcoming tourists to the ISS were over; Canadian businessman Guy Laliberté was the last to go there in 2009.

That changed in December, when Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrived with a videographer to spend 12 days aboard the station. Up there, he answered common questions about life in microgravity (including classic toilet problems) and also did some fun experiments to spark interest in space.

Maezawa is expected to perform a flight around the moon with SpaceX at some point in the future; the trip was proposed for 2023 but not confirmed.

December 11 – Hello Earth

To close the year, Blue Origin completed a third successful flight in early December. In addition to several paying customers, including passengers hello america host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space and who Blue Origin’s New Shepard the rocket bears his name.

As well as being a TV host, Strahan has a background in professional football and tweeted “TOUCHDOWN has new meaning now!!!” upon his successful return to earth.

Here are more successful flights in 2022, long-time reservations filled for Virgin Galactic patient customers and falling prices.

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2021: a year of space tourism, the rise of China https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/2021-a-year-of-space-tourism-the-rise-of-china/ From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew […]]]>

From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .
Here are the selected highlights.

Red Planet Robot Duo

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for some time in the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it’s doing a detailed, long-term investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

Private space flight takes off

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the swordsman Captain Kirk in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

Globalization of space

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (Palace in the Sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go into space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

Future…

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a US$10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Casey Drier, lead attorney for the Planetary Society.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden — even if he hasn’t made his support as clear.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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A year of space tourism, flights to Mars, the rise of China » Capital News https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/a-year-of-space-tourism-flights-to-mars-the-rise-of-china-capital-news/ Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors. Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final […]]]>

Washington (AFP), December 30 – From the first powered flight of the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter on another world to the launch of the James Webb Telescope that will peer into the early epoch of the Universe, 2021 has been a huge year for humanity’s space endeavors.

Beyond scientific milestones, billionaires battled to reach the final frontier first, an all-civilian crew entered orbit, and Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth explanation of what it was like to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism was finally taking off. .

Here are the selected highlights.

– Red Planet robot duo –

Star Trek’s William Shatner gave an in-depth look at what it meant to see Earth from the cosmos, as space tourism finally came into its own © AFP/File/Patrick T. FALLON

NASA’s Perseverance Rover has survived its “seven minutes of terror”, a period when the craft relies on its automated systems for descent and landing, to land safely on Mars’ Jezero crater in February.

Since then, the car-sized robot has been taking pictures and drilling samples for its mission: to determine if the Red Planet may have harbored ancient microbial lifeforms.

A rock sample return mission is planned for the 2030s.

With its advanced instruments, “Percy”, as the helicopter is affectionately nicknamed, can also zap Martian rock and chemically analyze steam.

Percy has a partner for the ride: Ingenuity, a four-pound (two-kilogram) rotorcraft that achieved the first powered flight on another celestial body in April, just over a century after the Wright brothers achieved the same feat here on Earth. , and has played many more since.

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“Perseverance is kind of the flagship mission, it does a long-term detailed investigation of this fascinating region of Mars,” Jonathan McDowall, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told AFP.

In contrast, “Ingenuity is one of those cute, small, cheap little tech demos that NASA can do so well,” he added.

Knowledge gained from Ingenuity could help scientists develop Dragonfly, a planned thousand-pound drone helicopter, to search for signs of life on Saturn’s moon Titan in the mid-2030s.

– Private space flight takes off –

An American millionaire became the world’s first space tourist in 2001, but it took another 20 years for the promise of private spaceflight to finally materialize.

In July, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson competed against Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos to be the first non-professional astronaut to perform suborbital spaceflight.

While the British tycoon won that battle within days, it was Blue Origin that took the lead, launching three more flights with paying customers and celebrities.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX entered the fray in September with a three-day orbital mission around Earth with an all-civilian crew on Inspiration 4.

This NASA photo released on April 27, 2021 shows a black and white image taken by the navigation camera aboard NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter during its third flight to Mars on April 25, 2021 © NASA/AFP/File/Document

“It’s really exciting that finally, after so long, this stuff is finally happening,” said space industry analyst Laura Seward Forczyk, author of the forthcoming book “Becoming Off-Worldly,” intended to prepare future space travelers.

But it was William Shatner, who played the slick Captain Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” TV series, who stole the show with a moving account of his experience.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

“What you despise is Mother Earth, and she needs to be protected,” he told reporters.

A Russian crew shot the first feature film in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021, and Japanese tourists took their own tour there aboard a Russian rocket.

For a few minutes on December 11, there were a record 19 humans in space when Blue Origin flew its third crewed mission, the Japanese team was on the ISS with their normal crew, and the Chinese taikonauts were in position on their station.

However, the sight of wealthy elites galloping through the cosmos did not please everyone, and the nascent space tourism industry sparked a backlash from some who said there were more problems. pressing issues to face, such as climate change, here on Earth.

– Globalization of space –

Students watch a live image of a lesson given by Chinese astronauts from China’s Tiangong space station at a school in Yantai, eastern China’s Shandong province © AFP/STR

During the Cold War, space was dominated by the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Now, in addition to the explosion of the commercial sector, which is sending out satellites at a dizzying rate, China, India and others are increasingly flexing their spaceflight muscles.

China’s Tiangong (palace in the sky) space station – its first long-term outpost – launched in April, while its first Mars rover, Zhurong, landed in May, making it the only second country to achieve such a feat.

“For the past 20 years, since China finally decided to go big in space, it’s been in catch-up mode,” McDowall said. “And now they’re kind of over there, and they’re starting to do things that the United States hasn’t done.”

The United Arab Emirates placed a probe in Mars orbit in February, becoming the first Arab nation and the fifth overall to reach the planet.

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Meanwhile, Russia launched a missile at one of its own satellites, becoming the fourth country to strike a spacecraft from the ground, reigniting concerns about the growing space arms race.

Washington criticized Moscow for its “reckless” test, which generated more than 1,500 large pieces of orbital debris, dangerous for low Earth orbit missions such as the ISS.

– Coming soon… –

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 rocket with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on board rises from the launch pad, at the European Spaceport, Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, December 25, 2021 © AFP / jody amiet

The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, a $10 billion marvel that will use infrared technology to travel back 13 billion years in time.

“It’s arguably the most expensive single science platform ever created,” said Planetary Society lead advocate Casey Drier.

“To push the limits of our knowledge of the cosmos, we had to build something capable of accessing this ancient past,” he added.

It will reach Lagrange Point 2, a space landmark a million miles from Earth, in a few weeks, then start up and gradually calibrate its systems, coming online around June.

Also next year will see the launch of Artemis 1 – when NASA’s Giant Space Launch System (SLS) will carry the Orion capsule to the Moon and back, in preparation for America’s return with humans later this decade.

NASA plans to build lunar habitats and use lessons learned for advanced missions to Mars in the 2030s.

Observers are heartened that the agenda launched by former President Donald Trump has continued under Joe Biden – even if he hasn’t been as vocal in his support.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

Finally, next fall, NASA’s DART probe will hit an asteroid to deflect it from its trajectory.

The proof-of-concept test is a dry run should humanity ever stop a giant space rock from wiping out life on Earth, as seen in Netflix’s new hit movie “Don’t Look Up.”

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Space tourism takes off. You probably can’t afford it – yet https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-takes-off-you-probably-cant-afford-it-yet/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-takes-off-you-probably-cant-afford-it-yet/ It totally lacks any atmosphere or nightlife. At various times, he lacks night, period, and he has a legendary “dark side”. Yet within the next 15 years, the moon could become a tourist destination, according to space tourism experts. “I think it’s entirely possible,” said Rachel JC Fu, chair of the department of tourism, hospitality, […]]]>

It totally lacks any atmosphere or nightlife. At various times, he lacks night, period, and he has a legendary “dark side”.

Yet within the next 15 years, the moon could become a tourist destination, according to space tourism experts.

“I think it’s entirely possible,” said Rachel JC Fu, chair of the department of tourism, hospitality, and event management at the University of Florida. “I think technology can catch up with our imagination.”

Decades after the first manned space flights, space is becoming the new frontier of tourism, said Derek Webber, founder of Spaceport Associates, a space tourism consultancy.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to take eight artists on lunar orbital missions in 2023, and his The dearMoon project claims to have a million applicants.

two companies, The blue origin of Jeff Bezos and Galactic Virgo, already offer suborbital flights. Two months after his highly publicized venture in which STar Trek legend William Shatner participated, Blue Origin launched another flight on Saturday morning from his Texas site, this one featuring a TV celebrity and former NFL star (and the Eagles’ nemesis) Michael Strahan.

The first two Blue Origin flights carried six passengers, and six were on board Saturday.

READ MORE: ‘Star Trek’ Actor William Shatner TV Captain Kirk Explodes in Space

Space X could offer orbital flights “very soon” Webber said, adding that a commercial company could even beat NASA to Mars. “Certainly the data shows that people want to go there,” he said.

Webber and other proponents say it’s not madness, that space tourism holds enormous potential economic, scientific, environmental and even existential benefits.

Not everyone agrees with the move, and it has raised questions about security, national priorities and damage to the atmosphere.

Despite these reservations, for whatever reason — and Fu says fatigue from COVID-19 may be a factor — many people want to get away from it all.

If you dream of traveling in space, know that it will cost you a little more than a SEPTA train ride to Paoli.

Bezos said Blue Origin has already sold $100 million worth of tickets for suborbital flights.

READ MORE: Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

While the company declined to disclose ticket prices, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Erik Seeder estimated they could cost up to $400,000 each.

The price of an orbital flight would be in the order of $55 million, he added, and suffice it to say that the cost of a return ticket to the Moon would be astronomical.

A more affordable option might be the Neptune spaceship “space balloon,” at just $125,000 per person, including free Wi-Fi. And it wouldn’t require the 14 hours of in-flight training Blue Origin passengers were required to complete under FAA regulations. The company, Space Perspective, calls it a “radically smooth” experience requiring “minimal” preparation.

The “capsule” will rise about 20 miles at around 12 mph and will give passengers a spectacular view of the planet and provide what company founder Jane Poynter calls “a unifying and profound encounter”.

While this may fall short of conventional definitions of “space”, Webber points out that the atmosphere has no hard boundaries, it “just gets thinner and thinner”. At 20 miles, according to the company, passengers will have a view of 450 miles in all directions.

But don’t get your hopes up: the company says it’s sold out through 2024.

While space ventures could be great experiences for the ultra-rich and well-connected, other earthlings could fall victim to collateral damage, said University College London professor Eloise Marais.

If the industry “expands significantly”, the emissions could both degrade the ozone layer which filters out harmful UV rays and contribute to global warming. She added that although Blue Origin’s current rocket does not produce carbon dioxide, its next iteration will use CO2-producing methane.

University of Central Florida professor Asli DA Tasci agrees on the environmental risks and calls space tourism a “dangerous business” for participants. In 2014, a Virgin Galactic spacecraft exploded during a test in the Mojave Desert, killing the pilot.

Prince William of England argued that dealing with issues closer to the Earth’s surface would be a more responsible investment.

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Webber counters that these are short-sighted opinions.

“That’s how aviation began. Only the very wealthy could fly in the early days (and suffer the risk and discomfort),” he said. “And through the revenue generated by their expensive airfares, it has become possible for the airline industry to emerge, to become safer, more routine, much cheaper and almost ubiquitous.”

Astronauts said they were in awe of the planet as they saw it from space and had a strong sense of responsibility for it, a phenomenon known as the “overview effect”. The term was coined in a 1987 book by writer and philosopher Frank White, who interviewed astronauts about their experiences.

“It would probably help even more if rich and influential people had it,” Webber said, “because in principle they might be able to do something to get the word out.”

Ultimately, he said, it could happen that people could fly anywhere on the planet, across 12 time zones, in 45 minutes.

Since it’s still a nascent industry that will take years to mature, it’s impossible to predict which companies will thrive and endure, Fu said.

That said, she added, “The sky is no longer the limit.”

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FAA withdraws astronaut wing program as race for commercial space tourism intensifies https://newtoncountymotourism.org/faa-withdraws-astronaut-wing-program-as-race-for-commercial-space-tourism-intensifies/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/faa-withdraws-astronaut-wing-program-as-race-for-commercial-space-tourism-intensifies/ Fox News’ Kat Timpf reacts to astronaut allegedly damaging plane after breaking up on ‘Kennedy’. The Federal Aviation Administration will retire its Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program as the number of manned spaceflights is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years. BLUE ORIGIN FLIGHT: WHAT TO KNOW, HOW TO WATCH The Commercial Space Astronaut […]]]>

The Federal Aviation Administration will retire its Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program as the number of manned spaceflights is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years.

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The Commercial Space Astronaut Wings program, established in 2004 by Patti Grace Smith, former associate administrator of the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, is designed to recognize pilots and flight crew who have advanced the agency’s mission of promote the development of vehicles for manned spaceflight. . Smith died in 2016 at the age of 68 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“With three commercial space companies now licensed by the FAA to fly spaceflight participants, and companies conducting operations, his vision is largely realized,” the agency said.

Instead of issuing the wings, the agency will recognize individuals reaching space on its website beginning in 2022. Anyone who is on an FAA-cleared or cleared launch and reaches 50 statute miles above the surface of the Earth will be listed on the site. .

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On Friday, the FAA announced it would award astronaut wings to 15 individuals who qualified through private space travel in 2021. Additionally, the agency is awarding honorary astronaut wings to Michael Alsbury and Peter Siebold , two Scaled Composite test pilots who were involved in the 2014 crash of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Alsbury was killed in the crash. Siebold was injured but survived.

The latest awards bring the total number of people who received the distinction as part of the 24-hour program, including:

In this photo provided by Blue Origin, from left to right: Mark Bezos, brother of Jeff Bezos; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin; Oliver Daemen from the Netherlands; and Texas aviation pioneer Wally Funk. (Blue origin via AP)

  • Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and the crew of Unity 22, which launched July 11. Pilots David Mackay and Michael Masucci and chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses previously got their wings on the company’s VF-01 mission in 2019.

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson poses with the crew of the Unity 22 spacecraft (Galactic Virgo)

This undated photo made available by Blue Origin in October 2021 shows, from left, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. (Blue origin via AP) (AP Newsroom)

  • SpaceX Inspiration 4 crew members Jared Isaacman, Haylely Arceneaux, Dr. Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski, who blasted off to space on September 15.
Inspiration4 will launch Sept. 15 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX announced in a press release Friday.

Inspiration4’s all-civilian crew consists of Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, leftmost, Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, Mission Commander Jared Isaacman, and Medic Hayley Arceneaux. (SpaceX/Inspiration 4)

Scaled Composites test pilot Michael Melville, who flew SpaceShipOne on Virgin Galactic’s Flight 15FP and Flight 16FP missions in 2004, was the first to earn astronaut wings through the program. The second was Scaled Composites test pilot Brian Binnie, who piloted SpaceShipOne on the company’s Flight 17P mission in 2004.

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Blue Origin plans to launch its third manned spaceflight with six crew members on Saturday morning, who will also be eligible to receive commercial astronaut wings.

“Good Morning America” ​​co-host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, will fly as guests of honor. Voyager Space Holdings CEO Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick, Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess and his son Cameron will join the flight as paying customers. The company previously said it planned to launch “several” crewed and payload flights in 2022.

Crew of Blue Origin NS-19 (Credit: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin NS-19 Crew (blue origin)

Virgin Galactic will perform two more crewed test flights, Unity 23 and Unity 24, before commencing commercial spaceflight. Virgin’s first commercial spaceflight, Unity 25, is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022. In November, the company said it sold about 100 seats for its future commercial spaceflights at $450,000 apiece, bringing its total reservations to 700.

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Meanwhile, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA’s Crew-4 mission in April 2022 and Crew-5 mission no earlier than Fall 2022. Additionally, NASA has announced plans to buy three more trade crew missions, with the first launch starting as early as 2023.

SpaceX also hopes to launch the first uncrewed orbital test flight of its Starship vehicle in January, subject to the completion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s environmental review of the spacecraft’s orbital launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. , by the end of 2021. Starship will be used to transport humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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Russia returns to space tourism as Japanese tycoon soars to ISS https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-returns-to-space-tourism-as-japanese-tycoon-soars-to-iss/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/russia-returns-to-space-tourism-as-japanese-tycoon-soars-to-iss/ Russia will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday to mark Moscow’s return to the now booming space tourism sector after a decade-long hiatus. One of Japan’s richest men, Maezawa, 46, will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano. On Sunday morning, […]]]>


Russia will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday to mark Moscow’s return to the now booming space tourism sector after a decade-long hiatus.

One of Japan’s richest men, Maezawa, 46, will take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano.

On Sunday morning, their Soyuz spacecraft with a Japanese flag and an “MZ” logo for Maezawa’s name was moved to the launch pad in unusually humid weather for Baikonur, a reporter from Agence France-Presse noted ( AFP).

The mission will end a decade-long hiatus in Russia’s space tourism program, which has not accepted tourists since Canada’s Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté in 2009.

However, in a historic first, Russian space agency Roscosmos sent actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to the ISS in October to film scenes from the first film in orbit in a bid to beat a rival Hollywood project.

Maezawa’s launch comes at a difficult time for Russia as its space industry struggles to stay relevant and keep up with Western competitors in the modern space race.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s US company SpaceX last year ended Russia’s monopoly on manned flights to the ISS after delivering astronauts to the orbiting lab in his Crew Dragon capsule.

However, this also freed up seats on Russian Soyuz rockets previously purchased by NASA, allowing Moscow to accept paying tourists like Maezawa.

Their three-seater Soyuz spacecraft will be piloted by Alexander Misurkin, a 44-year-old Russian cosmonaut who has already flown two missions to the ISS.

The couple will spend 12 days aboard the space station where they plan to document their trip for Maezawa’s YouTube channel with more than 750,000 subscribers.

The mogul is the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall and the country’s 30th richest man, according to Forbes.

“I’m almost crying because of my impressions, it’s so impressive,” Maezawa said in late November after arriving in Baikonur for the final days of preparation.

Maezawa and Hirano have spent the last few months training in Star City, a city outside of Moscow that has groomed generations of Soviet and Russian cosmonauts.

“The hardest workout ever”

Maezawa said exercising on the rotating chair “almost looked like torture.”

“It’s the hardest training ever,” he tweeted at the end of November.

So far, Russia has sent seven self-funded tourists to space in partnership with US company Space Adventures. Maezawa and Hirano will be the first from Japan.

Maezawa’s launch comes at the end of a year that has become a milestone for amateur space travel.

In September, SpaceX performed a historic flight taking the first fully civilian crew on a three-day journey around Earth orbit on a mission called Inspiration4.

Blue Origin, the company of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, flew two missions beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Passengers included 90-year-old Star Trek star William Shatner and Bezos himself.

Soon after, billionaire Richard Branson traveled aboard his Virgin Galactic spacecraft which also offered a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.

These trips mark the start of opening up the space to non-professionals with other launches announced for the future.

In 2023, SpaceX plans to take eight amateur astronauts around the moon on a Maezawa-funded space flight, which will also be on board.

Russia has also said it will take more tourists to the ISS during future Soyuz launches and also plans to offer one of them a spacewalk.

For Russia, retaining its title as a leading space nation is a matter of national pride stemming from its achievements in Soviet times amid rivalry with the United States.

The Soviets invented a number of firsts in space: the first satellite, the first man in space, the first woman in space, the first spacewalk, to name a few – a few.

But in recent years, Russia’s space program has suffered setbacks, including corruption scandals and botched launches, and has had to contend with cutbacks in public funding.

The industry remains dependent on Soviet design technology and although new projects have been announced, such as a mission to Venus, their timing and feasibility remain unclear.

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Space tourism firm abandons Elon Musk’s SpaceX, opts for Russian Soyuz instead https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-firm-abandons-elon-musks-spacex-opts-for-russian-soyuz-instead/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-firm-abandons-elon-musks-spacex-opts-for-russian-soyuz-instead/ Breadcrumb Links World New According to Space Adventures president Tom Shelley, a seat on the Russian spacecraft is between $ 50 million and $ 60 million. Author of the article: Lynn chaya Release date : 25 October 2021 • 25 October 2021 • 2 minutes to read • 7 comments Space flight participant Yusaku Maezawa […]]]>


According to Space Adventures president Tom Shelley, a seat on the Russian spacecraft is between $ 50 million and $ 60 million.

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In February 2020, Virginia-based space tourism company Space Adventures announced a contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for a joint project, the Crew Dragon mission, which would send four space tourists on a mission to “relatively high Earth orbit.”

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With experience in transporting individuals to the International Space Station (ISS), the company announced that its planned mission, scheduled for late 2021 to early 2022, would set a new “world altitude record for private space flights. “by stealing at least twice as much. high like the train station.

Earlier this month, during a visit to Moscow, however, Space Adventures chairman Tom Shelley told AFP “that in the end our reservation with SpaceX has expired and it doesn’t is not a mission that we are going to perform in the immediate future ”.

In an interview with Space News confirming the statement, company spokesperson Stacey Tearne said that “the mission has been marketed to a lot of our potential clients, but ultimately the price combination, timing and experience was not right at that time. “

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  1. This photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian space agency Roscosmos shows crew member actress Yulia Peresild reacting as her spacesuits are tested prior to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome praised by Russia.

    Russian actor and director who flies high after reaching the ISS for a world premiere: a film in space

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Meanwhile, Space Adventures was working on another project with Russian space agency Roscosmos. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, known for purchasing a SpaceX Starship flight around the moon in 2023, will be the first to visit the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch on December 8 since the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

According to Shelley, a seat aboard the Russian spacecraft would cost between $ 50 million and $ 60 million.

The space race is not a thing of the past. This now privatized company has created a competitive industry between multi-billion dollar companies and countries. Although relations between Moscow and Washington were severed over a number of political issues, Shelley says space was an exception.

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“Cooperation in space in particular seems to transcend somewhat the political difficulties that exist between the United States and Russia,” he said.

Conflicting feelings abound regarding space tourism and exploration.

Days after Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, told the BBC that “great brains and minds should be trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next place to go to live,” director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space. Business Simonetta Di Pippo suggests differently.

During his visit to Expo 2020 Dubai, Di Pippo told the National that “space tourism has a lot of positives and can help inspire humanity to protect their planet. It is really the attempt to bring space closer to humanity and humanity to space.

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Joan Collins calls celebrity space tourism ‘crazy’ – but who else is planning on going? https://newtoncountymotourism.org/joan-collins-calls-celebrity-space-tourism-crazy-but-who-else-is-planning-on-going/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/joan-collins-calls-celebrity-space-tourism-crazy-but-who-else-is-planning-on-going/ Dame Joan Collins thinks William Shatner’s recent space travel was insane and isn’t afraid to tell you why. The 88-year-old actress attacked the 90-year-old actor – who played Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek movies and TV series – after he became the oldest person to go to space at the beginning of […]]]>


Dame Joan Collins thinks William Shatner’s recent space travel was insane and isn’t afraid to tell you why.

The 88-year-old actress attacked the 90-year-old actor – who played Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek movies and TV series – after he became the oldest person to go to space at the beginning of the month.

This is part of a growing trend for celebrities to embark on a project that scientists fear it is harmful to our planet’s resources.

She expressed her horror while filming an episode of the late-night Jonathan Ross Show in the UK.

“What an idiot. Who wants to do that? No, absolutely not! Did you see Bill Shatner? He was in the air and they knocked him over.”

“Let’s take care of this planet first before we go,” she said. In contrast, the Hollywood star previously admitted to enjoying every second of the 11-minute trip.

The actor ventured into space with former Amazon CEO Jeffo Bezos as part of the billionaire’s Blue Origin project, which aims to organize commercial space flights.

Space tourism is quickly becoming a status mark for those who can afford it.

As the world’s billionaires continue to fight to make it a full-fledged industry, we ask: who else is planning to venture into the stars?

Everyone with Virgin Galactic tickets

More than 600 people have purchased future tickets for Richard Branson’s Virgic Galactic space tourism service. Each ticket is said to have a staggering value of $ 250,000 (€ 214,700).

Branson once aimed at the service of effortlessly exploring our cosmos in the late 2010s until he realized that it is, literally, rocket science. After some setbacks, scheduled passenger flights – with even higher fees – should start at the end of next year provided that two test flights go as planned.

Some famous faces would have bought a ticket:

  • Ashton Kutcher: Branson’s 500th customer, but has since sold it back fearing for his children’s future if he doesn’t come back alive.
  • Lady Gaga: she doesn’t pay her ticket because Branson wants her to perform on the spaceship and send it back to earth.

  • Justin bieber, and his longtime manager, Scooter Braun, reportedly booked tickets in 2013, when he was 19.

  • Ex-Space: Katy Perry bought her ex-husband Russell Brand a ticket to Virgin Galactic for his 35th birthday, before he ended their marriage by text.

In fact, several exes have tickets to board together: Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie, the couple formerly known as Brangelina, bought their tickets while they were still married. As did theater producer Andrew Lloyd Webber and her ex, actress Sarah Brightman.

  • The end Stephen hawking was offered a free ticket for travel prior to his death. He was a longtime supporter of the possibilities of space exploration, arguing that “expansion is perhaps the only thing that saves us from ourselves” shortly before his death.

Tom cruise

Tom Cruise’s penchant for high-risk, stunt-filled acting made him the perfect choice to become the first actor to shoot a movie in space. However, his travel ambitions took quite a turn this month as he was appointed to the post. by a team of Russian filmmakers.

The actor confirmed last year that he would team up with Elon Musk, NASA and Universal Studios to create a space movie costing $ 200 million (171.7 million euros).

A delay in the project has confirmed that it won’t shoot until 2022, so it will now direct the second film to achieve that goal.

Soyuz MS-19 was taken on board by space commander Anton Shkaplerov, director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild and lasted 12 days.

Had Cruise’s project stayed on schedule, the couple likely would have shot two different films in space at the same time.

Mark Zuckerberg

The founder of Facebook has set its sights on space travel far beyond the Moon and Mars. In 2018, he teamed up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and the late Stephen Hawking to form Starshot.

Its destination? Alpha Centauri, a totally different star system so far away it takes four light years to reach it. Zuckerberg plans to push all known physical limits of space exploration by sending a small probe 25,000 billion kilometers into the dark to see what it finds.

That said, the project is costing hundreds of millions of dollars in research alone and will not come to fruition for at least 20 years. Cynics argue this may never come to fruition.


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Space tourism can help beat climate change https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-can-help-beat-climate-change/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 09:14:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/space-tourism-can-help-beat-climate-change/ Actor William Shatner soared into space this week on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, putting civilian space travel in the global spotlight for the second time in two months. In September, SpaceX took non-professional astronauts on a space flight aboard Inspiration4. With all the challenges on planet Earth, it can seem like a frivolous waste of […]]]>


Actor William Shatner soared into space this week on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, putting civilian space travel in the global spotlight for the second time in two months.

In September, SpaceX took non-professional astronauts on a space flight aboard Inspiration4.

With all the challenges on planet Earth, it can seem like a frivolous waste of money and carbon emissions to send famous and wealthy “tourists” into space for a few moments or days of weightlessness.

But many also dismissed the Wright brothers’ efforts at Kitty Hawk in December 1903 as a disappointing soaring.

In fact, it was a small but crucial first step in the history of flight, which ultimately opened up global travel and connectivity to the masses, which transformed humanity forever.

In the same vein, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are the symbols of the frontier of the second great era of space exploration, one where private industry is in the driver’s seat.

The early era of space exploration saw the United States and Russia invest vast public resources in their space programs, even in the face of domestic issues that demand attention.

But when President Kennedy promised to send Americans to the moon by the late 1960s, he knew it would unleash human potential in ways no one could fully imagine. He was right.

Arc of light spaceship taking off

Eyes in the sky

It is almost entirely thanks to the series of satellites launched by NASA in 1992 that we are even able to accurately measure sea level rise.

The awakening of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was informed by data from dozens of satellites and remote sensing instruments

These “eyes in the sky” are fundamental to our understanding of global warming. monitor the vital signs of our planet: temperature changes, greenhouse gas emissions, soil moisture and glacier movements.

The Carbon Mapper and MethaneSAT projects are expected to deliver new satellites to space that will monitor powerful methane emissions from gas wells, pipelines, refineries and power plants, allowing scientists to pinpoint locations to target with localized emissions mitigation efforts.

Since the dawn of time, it has been inherent in human nature to make room for risky challenges and long shots that allow us to understand ourselves, our planet and the universe in which we inhabit.

Is space travel good for the planet?

Emerging competition in the space industry is crucial to providing the critical mass that will make space operations more affordable and spur a new wave of innovation.

Elon Musk’s satellite broadband company, Starlink, grew out of SpaceX’s pioneering work, with its reusable rockets taking people to and beyond the International Space Station, most recently with Inspiration4 space flights.

Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism business has previously branched out from Virgin Orbit, which aims to make the delivery of small satellites to space cheaper and more sustainable.

This pioneering challenge is part of what drew me to Branson’s quest to launch a space tourism industry and pursue the breakthroughs that might come with it.

When I, along with what were then around 300 other potential astronauts, put our money in 2012 for a Virgin Galactic ticket, we played a role in helping to underwrite and validate the claim for a bold company that perhaps wouldn’t. never seen the light of day. .

William Shatner nods to Bezos’ “lofty ambitions” for space travel in a Blue Origin video posted hours before takeoff,

“Someone has to start. We are only at the beginning, but how miraculous this beginning is and how extraordinary it is to be part of the beginning.

This new era of space exploration is risky and costly, but will offer a net benefit to humanity. This does not mean that we have to turn our gaze to the sky to solve the problems we face on our warming planet. We should aspire to do both.

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Finance climate technology

It is encouraging to see record amounts of funding pouring into climate technology, with Silicon Valley Bank indicating that $ 58 billion will be invested in 2021, surpassing last year’s record of $ 35 billion.

At Aera VC, we have funded companies like Noya, which uses cooling towers common to industry around the world to suck in air and extract carbon dioxide from it.

On a large scale, this technology could have a significant impact on reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Dawn Aerospace, another of our investments, is creating a reusable drone-like spacecraft that will usher in a new era of inexpensive and sustainable orbital access.

Their goal is to be the first spacecraft in history to reach space and return to Earth. twice in a day. They recently completed a series of successful test flights from New Zealand, where I live and work.

Some very ambitious thinkers pursue more ambitious reasons for going further into space, such as mining asteroids for minerals or relocating our polluting industries there.

If we can do this while consciously tackling the resulting space debris without causing chaos to the rest of the solar system, why not?

Since the dawn of time, it has been inherent in human nature to make room for risky challenges and long shots that allow us to understand ourselves, our planet and the universe in which we inhabit.

We must continue to pursue them.

These efforts have culminated in the best times of human endeavor, and will ultimately play a role we cannot even yet comprehend, in meeting the greatest challenge ahead – avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Derek Handley is a future Virgin Galactic passenger and co-founder of Aera VC, an early-growth fund that invests in deep climate and technology projects that accelerate the world toward a sustainable future.


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Prince William says spending on the environment, not on space tourism https://newtoncountymotourism.org/prince-william-says-spending-on-the-environment-not-on-space-tourism/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://newtoncountymotourism.org/prince-william-says-spending-on-the-environment-not-on-space-tourism/ Hmmm. Lots of thinking. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images I’m hesitant to say this, given his recent handling of family racism allegations and his sibling’s hallmarks of being famous, but I think Prince William just voiced a good opinion? One that I can follow and actually share? Hmmm. Lots of thinking. The opinion in question: that […]]]>

Hmmm. Lots of thinking.
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I’m hesitant to say this, given his recent handling of family racism allegations and his sibling’s hallmarks of being famous, but I think Prince William just voiced a good opinion? One that I can follow and actually share? Hmmm. Lots of thinking.

The opinion in question: that all those billionaires who are currently racing to the farthest reaches of space would do everyone better if they instead spent some of that money saving the Earth. “We need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world committed to trying to fix this planet, not trying to find the next place to live,” said William, whose thoughts on the environment have recently been published as part of a book. BBC. “It’s really crucial, to focus on that. [planet] rather than giving up and heading off into space to try to think of solutions for the future.

Although I loathe to classify Jeff Bezos as one of the “greatest minds in the world” – remember his proposal, immediately after returning from his inaugural Blue Origin flight, that we movement “all polluting industries” in space – I agree that all the money he pours into galactic tourism would be better spent curbing the climate crisis. Except for the view, these flights look like ten minutes of faintness, and why? The chance to brag to your wealthy friends about when you almost had so close space out? To be fair, I guess it might be worth mentioning that Bezos did. make a donation 10 billion dollars for the preservation of the environment. That seems like the absolute least he could do, given the depth of his fortune (his net worth is valued approximately $191 billion), the scale of Amazon’s carbon footprintand the fact that his astral wanderings seem to produce amazing shows, but I digress. William told the BBC he had “absolutely no interest” in visiting space, unlike many of his mega-rich peers – a refreshing change of pace – and highlighted the “rise in climate anxiety” among young people whose “future is fundamentally threatened”. And meanwhile, the billionaire boys are taking advantage of every opportunity they get. Coarse.

Convincing evidence that Prince William’s opinion is right is that the seasoned troll William Shatner think it’s bad. “He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea,” Shatner said of the future King of England in an interview with entertainment tonight. “The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space,’ he said, but to “show people that it’s very convenient. You can send someone like me in space,” and maybe unloading all of our damaging industry there as well. Bezos recently launched the 90-year-old star trek veteran at the atmospheric edge of the Earth, so he has first-hand experience in this department. Maybe he’s even a little biased, in that maybe he’s the one missing the point. I’m pretty sure Prince William is saying we should deal with Earth’s deadly problems here and now rather than rolling the dice on a space future; the window to avert unequivocal climate catastrophe is almost closed, after all.

Anyway, say what you want about Prince William (maybe he can’t type, for example), but I agree with him on private spaceflight. Please respect my privacy during this confusing time.

This article has been updated.

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