Virgin Galactic’s CEO: What Space Tourism Will Really Be Like

Forget the stories of NASA’s famous “Vomit Commit,” the plane that provides training flights for future astronauts. According to Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, the company’s flights to space—a 90-minute experience up and down again—shouldn’t upset passengers’ stomachs. “I have done several zero g flights,” Whiteside told Fortune in an interview. Maybe not surprising as […]

U.S. Astronauts Will Be Back on the Moon by 2024, Vice President Pence Said

Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday the U.S. is going to send astronauts back to the moon’s surface in 2024, four year earlier than NASA had been planning. Pence, speaking at a Huntsville, Ala., meeting of the National Space Council, said the original 2028 target date was “just not good enough.” Recalling the Kennedy administration’s […]

Japan Announces Plans to Send Toyota to the Moon

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is looking to take Toyota to the moon. Instead of a family sedan, the car manufacturer is making a pressurized self-driving rover to cruise the lunar surface. The vehicle, which is expected to make its debut in 2029, is expected to have six wheels and be capable of transporting two […]

Virgin Galactic Takes Its First Human Passenger Into Space

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic has officially put its first passenger into space. The company’s spaceplane made its second trip up above on Friday, this time with three people onboard: two pilots and one passenger, The Verge reports. The previous flight only contained the two pilots. The spaceplane, called the VSS Unity, takes passengers to […]