• 60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining up

    9 days ago - By Chron

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps.
    Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company is finally opening ticket sales for short hops from Texas launched by a rocket named New Shepard. Details are coming Wednesday, the 60th anniversary of Shepard's Mercury flight.
    Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic aims to kick off tourist flights next year, just as soon as he straps into his space-skimming, plane-launched rocketship for a test run from the New Mexico base.
    And Elon Musk's SpaceX will...
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