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+ - How Safe is Space Tourism?

Submitted by Radon360
Radon360 (951529) writes "The race to send tourists into space is heating up with billionaires funding their own companies to build and launch spaceships for nonastronauts. Meanwhile, earlier this month, a Russian rocket carried another billionaire, former Microsoft Corp. programmer Charles Simonyi, to the International Space Station. The ride was brokered by Space Adventures Ltd., a company that has announced plans to build spaceports in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

But how safe is the space tourism business? The subject is discussed in a WSJ interview with Patricia Smith, who heads the Federal Aviation Administration office responsible for overseeing the nascent industry, and space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, a co-founder of Space Adventures and chairman of the X Prize Foundation, which awarded a $10 million prize to Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne in 2004."

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