Developments in Space Tourism: Current and Future Research

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The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research, 2012, 1, pp. 339 - 356
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The first space tourist, Dennis Tito, paid for a seat on a Russian Soyuz rocket and spent a week at the International Space Station in April 2001. A year later, mark Shuttleworth repeated this experience. A third space tourist, Lance Bass had been training for a similar space trip scheduled for October 2012 until negotiations broke down between Bass' representitives and the Russian Space Agency broke down. The NASA Shuttle Columbia disaster in Febuary 2003 resulted in the cessation of futher shuttle flights for a considerable period and the suspension, at the time, of further flights by the would-be orbital space tourists.
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