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On April 30, 2001, Dennis Tito, an American millionaire arrived at the International Space Station in the Russian spacecraft ‘Soyuz’, which was launched into space from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A sum of 20 million dollars allowed him to fulfill that dream. This event marked the beginning of the era of space tourism; Since then, only seven millionaires have been able to do something similar. In two decades the space tourism industry has advanced enormously.
Companies such as Space X, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic see enormous potential in this type of tourism.
An important chapter in the history of the race to make space a new destination to visit took place on July 11, when Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, took a test trip with two pilots and four company employees. on a suborbital journey.
Then, on July 20, Jeff Bezoz, owner of the Blue Origin company, made a suborbital trip with his brother, Mark Bezoz; 18-year-old Oliver Deamen and astronaut Wally Funk. Both launches had extensive media coverage and generated interest in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Are we facing the official start of the race for the development of the space tourism industry? We analyze it in this edition of El Debate.