A model of the Virgin Galactic, the world?s first commercial spaceline, is displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, southern England, on July 11, 2012. Virgin Galactic announced ?LauncherOne,? a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. Commercial flights of the new orbital launch vehicle are expected to begin by 2016, Virgin Galactic aims to offer frequent and dedicated launches at the world?s lowest prices. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)

2016 Could Be the Year Space Tourism Takes Off

Another form of Space Tourism, suborbital rocket flights, may soon be available to people who are merely really rich. As traditionally defined space begins 50 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, thus a rocket that takes passengers to that altitude or beyond, is taking them into space. Even without going into orbit, the new Space Tourists will not only experience weightlessness, but will look down on Earth from space, a view that all who’ve seen it concur that it is one of the most beautiful and amazing things they’ve ever seen.

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