SpaceShipTwo's Surviving Pilot Ejected Into -70 Degree Air at 50,000…

Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong with the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. While the National Transportation Safety Board has been looking into an issue with the braking system, the agency has released details from surviving pilot Peter Siebold about how he managed to… » 11/12/14 1:12pm 11/12/14 1:12pm

Why Space Travel Matters More Than Ever

Yesterday, somewhere in the Mojave desert, investigators began the long process of understanding the events that led to the tragic accident that killed one pilot and left another injured. And even after they finish, plenty of questions about the future of the commercial space industry will remain. But the one we'll… » 11/01/14 10:26am 11/01/14 10:26am

This Documentary Explains the Crazy Reality of Living on Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can—if you have a shitload of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet. » 10/30/14 3:51pm 10/30/14 3:51pm

Would You Pay $75,000 to Ride This Spectacular Balloon to Space?

Space tourism sounds exciting and unforgettable and all, but with a single trip costing as much as a small house, it's simply out of reach for the average person. A company called Paragon Space Development Corp is hoping to change that with a new, more affordable ticket to space. It'll cost as much as a slightly… » 10/22/13 6:40pm 10/22/13 6:40pm

Watch a Virgin Galactic Test Flight from Onboard the Engine

This is what a Virgin Galactic supersonic flight with the SpaceShipTwo looks like, up close and personal. It's not quite space, but it's still damn gorgeous to watch. » 9/06/13 9:58am 9/06/13 9:58am

Pedro Guessed How High A Balloon Could Fly, So He Gets To Go To Space…

Some super lucky people win cars, and some win money, while the rest of us are happy to win a jar of jellybeans for guessing how many there are. And then there's this guy: "Pedro" from Brazil (the only information given about him) won a trip to space today, and all he had to do was guess how high in the atmosphere a… » 4/23/13 7:20pm 4/23/13 7:20pm

2013: The Year We Resumed Vacationing Aboard the International Space…

Beginning in 2013, Space Adventures will once again sell seats aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft headed straight for the International Space Station. Previously sending seven people to the ISS, Space Adventures will now send 3 people a year. » 1/14/11 8:40pm 1/14/11 8:40pm

Space Station Is Full: No Vacancy for Space Tourists

It's maybe ironic to hear, during the busiest travel week of the year, that nobody will be heading to space. At least no rich-ass civilians, now that the International Space Station permanent crew has doubled to six astro/cosmonauts. [AP/USNews] » 11/26/09 1:58pm 11/26/09 1:58pm

Virgin Galactic's Boss Says Space Travel Will Never Be Cheap

Warning, middle-class Earthmen. By the end of this post, your dreams of low-cost space travel will be delayed. Above: WhiteKnightTwo Eve's Maiden Flight. Photo Credit Schereer Scherer. » 5/05/09 1:00pm 5/05/09 1:00pm

Video: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo in Action

We all know the Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo can actually fly. Now, Wired has an exclusive video of the plane in action, further squashing any skepticism of the plane. » 5/01/09 9:30pm 5/01/09 9:30pm

Charles Simonyi, Creator of MS Office, Becomes First Repeat Space…

I imagine the first thing on everyone's mind when they return from space is "When the f%&@ can I go back!?" Today, Charles Simonyi became the first space tourist to make a second paid flight. » 3/26/09 6:20pm 3/26/09 6:20pm

Sweden's Ice Hotel Charging $200,000 for Space Trips in 2012

So this Swedish destination, The Ice Hotel, has linked up with Virgin Galactic to begin selling space travel packages for about $200,000, beginning in 2012. Wilson says that's cheap. I say that's relative. » 3/19/09 11:00pm 3/19/09 11:00pm

To the Chagrin of Rich Geeks Everywhere, Russians Killing Space Tourism…

Richard Garriot and other well-to-do nerds will no longer be able to play spaceman, now that Russia's canceling its astrotourism program to make way for three real astronauts at the International Space Station. » 1/22/09 12:45am 1/22/09 12:45am

Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo Flies For the First Time

We saw ground tests last week, but yesterday morning WhiteKnightTwo-the funky-looking double-wide plane that will take SpaceShipTwo and its cargo of millionaires on suborbital spaceflights-finally took off on its maiden voyage. » 12/22/08 9:00am 12/22/08 9:00am

Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America Gets FAA Green Light

It becomes less and less a future fever dream every day: Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM, Virgin Galactic's future home, has gotten FAA approval to begin construction. » 12/18/08 2:00pm 12/18/08 2:00pm

Armadillo Aerospace Fishbowl Spaceship Set for a 2010 Launch (Seriously)

Believe it or not, there's a company in New Mexico that has serious plans on the table to shoot this space tourist fishbowl into the sky by 2010. The design is a concept for now, but Armadillo Aerospace, with the blessing of the New Mexico government, hopes to build a working prototype by 2009. By 2010, the reusable… » 10/26/08 4:00pm 10/26/08 4:00pm

Gaming Mogul Space Tourist Richard Garriott Back On Earth

We've traced Garriott's dream journey to space from his eight months of training in Russia's Star City » 10/24/08 7:08am 10/24/08 7:08am to his climactic orbital just last week, but at 7:34 Moscow Time (10:34 EST) our favorite space tourist's trip came to its inevitable end. Garriott is now safely on the ground in Kazakhstan after just ten days in…

Charles Simonyi to Become World's First Repeat Space Tourist

Not content with his first astronautic experience, Ex-Microsofter billionaire Charles Simonyi is now training for a second trip to the International Space Station in Spring 2009. Simonyi will be the first repeat Space Adventures customer since the company began sending private citizens into the final frontier in… » 10/01/08 2:00am 10/01/08 2:00am

A Look Inside Russia's Star City, Where Cosmonauts Are Made

Wired » 8/20/08 7:10pm 8/20/08 7:10pm has on Richard Garriott, the father of MMORPG OG Ultima and the latest millionaire to get blasted up to the ISS as a paying tourist. More specifically, the grueling 8 months of training Garriott must first endure at Zvyozdny Gorodok, (Star City), a.k.a. Yuri's house, a.k.a. where space flight was born. All…

XCOR Lynx Bringing Sports Car-esque Travel to Space

A two-seater spaceship smaller than a private jet that will take people up for a 25-minute space flight, is being launched in Mojave today. According to the Lynx Mark 1's makers, Xcor Aerospace, the spacecraft is expected to be at the test-flight stage by 2010. The two-seater craft has room for one passenger besides… » 3/26/08 9:47am 3/26/08 9:47am