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Balloon rides to the edge of space...

8 Oct 2015, 10:26 UTC
Balloon rides to the edge of space...
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Edge of space balloon flights to begin taking tourists in 2017Space tourism is about to take on a new, quiet, form: World View Enterprises is planning to start sending people to the edge of our atmosphere to admire the view in 2017 - using a capsule hanging from a huge, helium filled, balloon. Although weightlessness won't be part of the experience the company offers cheaper prices than their rocket-using competitors  ($75,000 a ride) and a more sedate, relaxing journey. World View chief technology officer Taber MacCallum said: "I hear a lot of people say this: 'I don't want to have lived my entire life on this planet and never really seen it'"  Above: World View have been making waves, including this appearance on the Today show. New Horizon's lead scientist has book deal:Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, and science writer David Grinspoon have a deal with book publisher Picador for a "behind the scenes" account of July's flyby.The publisher announced Thursday that the book is called "Chasing New Horizons: Inside Humankind's First Mission to Pluto." It's scheduled for publication in spring 2017.Above: The sun sets over Cthulhu Regio, on Pluto. Courtesy of NASA.Student-built rockets compete for $50,000 ...

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