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You can now sign up for a 10-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) — if you've got $55 million to spare.
That's the price just announced by Axiom Space, a Houston-based company that's organizing expeditions to the ISS and working to build the first commercial space station. The $55 million covers the orbital stay, transportation to and from the ISS, and a 15-week astronaut-training program.
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On June 14, 1914, the first patent for a liquid-fueled rocket design was granted to Dr. Robert Goddard, an American scientist and rocket pioneer. In the patent, Goddard described a rocket fueled with liquid propellants (liquid nitrous oxide and gasoline) or with a solid fuel (explosive material). In this same year, he was also granted a patent for a multi-stage rocket fueled with solid "explosive material." He would go on to launch the world's first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926. Goddard's work in the field was revolutionary and his achievements helped make spaceflight possible. He has even been called the "Usherer of the Space Age." NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is named in his honor.
"It is an honor to continue the work that NASA and its partners have begun, to bring awareness to the profound benefits of human space exploration and to involve more countries and private citizens in these endeavors," Axiom Space CEO and President Michael Suffredini, who managed NASA's ISS program for a decade, said in a statement.
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Artist's illustration of Axiom commercial modules attached to the International Space Station.
Axiom Space is also developing its own station, the modules of which will launch...
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