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Space Tourism

Space tourism is space travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes

A number of startup companies have sprung up in recent years, hoping to create a space tourism industry. Orbital space tourism opportunities have been limited and expensive, with only the Russian Space Agency providing transport to date.

The publicized price for flights brokered by Space Adventures to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have been US$20--35 million, during the period 2001--2009. Some space tourists have signed contracts with third parties to conduct certain research activities while in orbit.

Russia halted orbital space tourism in 2010 due to the increase in the International Space Station crew size, using the seats for expedition crews that would be sold to paying spaceflight participants. However, tourist flights are tentatively planned to resume in 2013, when the number of single-use three-person Soyuz launches could rise to five a year.

As an alternative term to "tourism", some organizations such as the Commercial Spaceflight Federation use the term "personal spaceflight". The Citizens in Space project uses the term "citizen space exploration".

As of September 2012, multiple companies are offering sales of orbital and suborbital flights, with varying durations and creature comforts.

Jupiter - The Giant Planet

A look at the solar system's largest planet - Jupiter

Jupiter poses many questions about our solar system. It is a powerful planet of gas whose flowing colors and spots are beautiful, but contain violent storms and jet streams. A mini solar system of over sixty moons rotate around Jupiter-a half billion miles from earth. Could one of these moons contain life under its icy crust?

The true size of Milky Way's Planets

A graphical representation / size comparison of our universe

Can use for your college astronomy class.
Music is City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Overture from The Black Hole).

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