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Space Tourism is a term used to describe costly, privately funded tourist flights into space or low-earth orbit for research, business, leisure, or recreational purposes. To date, orbital, suborbital, and lunar space tourism exists. Currently, the only used space tourism destination is the ISS. However, aerospace companies such as Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Space Adventures, and SpaceX are also working on developing and operating commercial space travel.
The head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that Maezawa would be the first tourist to fly to the Moon back in 2018. A total of 10 or 12 people will take part in the mission, eight of whom will be personally invited by Yusaku Maezawa.
On October 13, Blue Origin successfully completed the 13th New Shepard mission – designated New Shepard-13, or NS-13 – to space and back with NASA precision lunar landing technology onboard.
The final version of the proposed aircraft could have room for nine to nineteen passengers and travel three times faster than the speed of sound at an altitude above 60,000 feet.