Crash won't halt space tourism

2014-11-02 12:00

The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining up for refunds.

High-profile backing for Mars colonisation bid

2013-12-11 07:17

A Dutch entrepreneur's quest to colonise Mars has won high-profile support from a US aerospace giant, although the timetable for putting humans on the planet has been pushed back.

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2012-05-24 14:55

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Virgin appoints SA space flight agent

2012-05-02 15:57

The first accredited agent to sell space flights in South Africa has been appointed, says Virgin Galactic.

China completes second space docking

2011-11-14 18:30

China has completed its second space docking, reports say, as it moves closer towards fulfilling its ambition to set up a manned space station.

Virgin Galactic opens spaceport terminal

2011-10-17 22:47

Virgin Galactic's Branson is in New Mexico for the dedication of the commercial spaceport terminal of the company.

Astronauts prepare to leave

2011-05-29 14:30

The shuttle Endeavour astronauts are packing their gear and preparing to leave the International Space Station.

Astronauts finish first spacewalk

2011-05-20 21:11

Two shuttle Endeavour astronauts have floated outside the International Space Station for the first of four spacewalks.

Endeavour shuttle launch delayed again

2011-05-06 22:28

The launch of the US space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed for a third time, until at least May 16, as engineers work to overcome an electrical problem, Nasa says.

Russia ferries supplies to space

2011-04-29 21:12

An unmanned Russian cargo vessel has docked without a hitch at the International Space Station, bringing a fresh supply of oxygen and equipment to the six-member crew.

Virgin Galactic looking for pilots

2011-04-16 12:02

Virgin Galactic, the spaceline founded by Sir Richard Branson, has put out a call for pilots to operate its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft and WhiteKnightTwo mother ship.

Spaceship fixed after incident

2010-12-01 18:11

Russia's space chief says a space capsule damaged during transportation to the launch pad has been repaired and is safe to fly.

Russia to build orbiting space hotel

2010-09-29 20:01

A Russian firm has announced an ambitious bid to fill the vacuum in the space tourism market by stationing an orbiting hotel in the cosmos.

Virgin to test rocket spaceship

2010-03-03 19:04

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans to begin powered test flights of its rocket spaceship by 2011, the space tourism startup's president has said.

'No space for space tourists'

2009-11-26 17:09

A top Russian space official says there is no space for tourists wishing to fly to the International Space Station.

Clown's space trip 'a success'

2009-10-13 12:22

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has called his 10-day space mission a great success because it drew attention to his efforts to guarantee access to clean water worldwide.

Space clown excited to launch

2009-09-28 20:05

Two days before he is to blast off for the ISS, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte cracked jokes, donned his trademark red nose and flashed with enthusiasm over the venture that he wants to be both entertaining and educational.


High-profile backing for Mars colonisation bid

2013-12-11 07:25

A Dutch entrepreneur's quest to colonise Mars has won high-profile support from a US aerospace giant, although the timetable for putting humans on the planet has been pushed back.

Future of space tourism: Balloons

2013-10-23 08:53

The latest space tourism venture depends more on hot air than rocket science.

Branson opens space agency in SA

2012-05-02 20:14

Giltedge Travel in Cape Town has been selected as an accredited agent for Virgin Galactic’s space travel.

Microsoft co-founder unveils space travel plans

2011-12-14 11:21

A giant aeroplane that can launch a rocket carrying cargo and humans into orbit is the future of space travel, says billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Russia Mars probe considered lost

2011-11-12 20:04

Efforts to resume contact with a Russian space mission to Mars stuck in Earth orbit after launch have failed and the probe must be considered lost, Interfax news agency reports.

Nasa going green with Jupiter probe

2011-08-01 08:30

Nasa's upcoming mission to Jupiter can't get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft.

Astronauts run into trouble

2011-05-22 22:43

A spacewalking astronaut has run into trouble while trying to lubricate a joint in the solar power system of the International Space Station.

Spaceport America opens to the public

2011-05-11 08:22

Tours of Spaceport America in southern New Mexico will be offered to the public.

Russian space suit sold for nearly $250k

2011-05-06 22:19

A Russian space suit worn during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project has skyrocketed to nearly $250 000 at a New York City auction.

Technical issue delays Endeavour launch

2011-04-29 18:47

The launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed by at least 48 hours due to a technical failure that arose about three hours before the planned takeoff, Nasa says.

Gadgets: Spinoffs from space programmes

2011-04-10 18:02

What do ceramic teeth braces, artificial hearts, airbags, insulin pumps and Olympics-calibre swimsuits have in common?

Virgin Galactic opens space runway

2010-10-22 12:01

The world's first private passenger spaceship is set to pass another milestone toward its commercial lift-off, at a remote spaceport in the New Mexico desert.

Seats on Boeing spaceships for sale

2010-09-15 22:17

Boeing has lined up a space tourism company to sell seats on the spaceship it wants to build to fly to the International Space Station.

Virgin set for 1st space flight

2009-12-07 12:08

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is all set to unveil a craft that could soon carry tourists on an out-of-this-world trip into space - for a mere $200 000.

Space hotel 'to open 2012'

2009-11-02 09:58

A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment.

Slow start for space tourism

2009-10-04 14:10

It has been five years since the first privately financed manned spacecraft took to the air, but it remains the realm of government astronauts and a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people.

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