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You could head to the stars with SpaceX… here’s how

You could head to the stars with SpaceX… here’s how

Space enthusiasts prepare: Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to send its first four tourists into space as early as early 2021.

Four private citizens will get the chance to rocket into space courtesy of SpaceX. The flight, which is expected to launch between late 2021 and mid 2022, will also see the four intrepid space tourists break the world altitude record for private citizen spaceflight.

SpaceX has partnered with Space Adventures for the flight, which will be aboard Crew Dragon, the same spacecraft that SpaceX plans to use to transport NASA astronauts to the ISS. The announcement follows the successful testing of the craft’s launch escape system earlier in the year – which literally involved blowing up a Falcon 9 launch vehicle – and SpaceX’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station in March last year.

After launching from Cape Canaveral, the flight will run for up to five days, flying a similar mission profile to the Gemini XI mission of 1966. The mission – the 25th spaceflight ever – set a record at the time for the highest Earth orbit (1,350 kilometres above the Earth’s surface), and completed 44 orbits over three days. Guests on the Space Adventures flight can expect to join a particularly exclusive group of people who have seen the Earth from orbit – and if the photos are anything to go by, the views will be worth every penny.

Which brings us on to the question on everyone’s lips: the price. The only information that Space Adventures is giving away at this point is that the price “is in the same range as past private orbital spaceflights”. But Cirque due Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, the last private citizen to head for the stars, reportedly dropped $35 million on his 12-day trip.

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