Nasa and Virgin Galactic sign ‘space act’ to take THOUSANDS of tourists on trip to ISS

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2020-06-22 13:54:17

VIRGIN Galactic has signed a "space act" with Nasa to take "thousands" of tourists into Earth's orbit.

The historic agreement will see private citizens given astronaut training, launched into space – and potentially even taken aboard the International Space Station.

"We are excited to partner with Nasa on this private orbital spaceflight program," said George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic's chief.

This means Virgin Galactic will identify potential space tourists and create "training packages" to prepare them for launch, landing and life in space.

The firm has created a customised Future Astronaut Readiness programme for people flying out of Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Private citizens who want to travel to space will be able to use the facilities to train before making their trip into Earth's orbit.

The company has carried out dozens of test flight - including the first successful launch of its tourism rocket plane into space in December 2018.

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