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Space tourism will take-off in 2018. As the race between spaceflight companies Virgin Galactic and SpaceX heats up, those who can afford it will be able to travel to low Earth orbit and possibly even around the moon. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.st/2he5ZAb In late 2018, tourists will be heading into space and there is a race on to get them there. Virgin Galactic will at last take paying customers beyond the stratosphere. But their efforts might be eclipsed by SpaceX, a company planning to send two tourists around the Moon. Taking them farther into space than any human since 1972. There is a new breed of would-be astronauts for whom the sky is no limit. But it is not in everyone's reach. Multi-millionaire entrepreneur, Per Wimmer will be one of the first tourists to go into space with private company, Virgin Galactic. If it all goes to plan, in 2018, Virgin Galactic will launch Mr Wimmer to the edge of the atmosphere where he'll be able to look back down on Earth. But Elon Musk's aerospace company, SpaceX, plans to go one step further on a flyby loop around the Moon. Only 24 astronauts have ever made the almost 240,000-mile voyage to Earth's nearest neighbour. In 2018, two paying customers could be the first humans to venture that far into space for over 40 years. But this mission is shrouded in mystery. There are serious doubts whether these ambitious targets can be reached in 2018. SpaceX has yet to carry out fundamental tests on the launcher. But if these missions do go ahead, they'll be dangerous ventures. 18 people have died in spaceflight. One of Virgin Galactic's own test pilots lost his life in training in 2014. This boom in the commercial space industry marks a new era in space travel. Opening space up to the masses may have an impact on the way humans see the Earth itself. Daily Watch: mind-stretching short films throughout the working week. For more from Economist Films visit: http://econ.st/2hcM9p3 Check out The Economist’s full video catalogue: http://econ.st/20IehQk Like The Economist on Facebook: http://econ.st/2hdvS39 Follow The Economist on Twitter: http://econ.st/2hfW6Cp Follow us on Instagram: http://econ.st/2he60Ef Follow us on LINE: http://econ.st/1WXkOo6 Follow us on Medium: http://econ.st/2hfnqjW
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2019 be like.........
Devin Kerry (1 month ago)
Lmao so it's March of 2019...what's the hold up.
Guillermo Hoffmann (1 month ago)
March 2019 and they are firmly sitting under the dome.. LOL
Dermotius (21 days ago)
What dome?
kakytoo69 (1 month ago)
Here we are in 2019 and they still haven't launched lol
CurlyChrizz (9 days ago)
Virgin has
Intra Inversum (1 month ago)
Yeah and how on a Sunday afternoon your bank app informs you that in your bank account are transferred $, hehehe what a shock. Then you can go on your space quest of knowledge and purpose.
CB Bikes UK (1 month ago)
March 2019 what happened then?
Alvaro León (2 months ago)
What if the projects of the future's plan of taking care of the Earth consists in leave it and let it be without human presence for decades or hundreds of years for it to be reborn. Being human as the video said may be in the future start adapting ourselves to the whole cosmos. Earth is our home but its telling us "you are killing me", so the future is out there and for us as a specie with a unknown future evolution thats seems to be the main path.
Gaming342 (2 months ago)
It's 2019 wear is my site?
zd keimah (2 months ago)
2019 here. Nothing has happened
Hadley Huntzinger (2 months ago)
Ivan DIMITROFF (3 months ago)
"In late 2018 tourists will be heading into space" *insert "so that was a f*cking lie" meme*
Meri Lazic (3 months ago)
2019 and nothing uhhh so yeah
GoliverG (3 months ago)
Metzieee (3 months ago)
Hello, I am here to share and idk if yall already know but in the future a country, specifically Russia, will possibly send paying tourists to the International Space Station and the tourists can take videos too Edit: I didnt watch the whole video, I didnt do much research, just watched one video by some random youtuber so sorry if what I said isn’t true in some aspects or in whole. https://youtu.be/HkUksxJrdmc = vid of that youtuber “These events will happen in Asia in 2019”
Philvin j (3 months ago)
This video didn’t age too well
Asma Patel (3 months ago)
It's 2019 now.....
Horrific Space (3 months ago)
I think they already launched two pilots without space suits into space
Lowko King (4 months ago)
GENESIS 1:7 "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so!"
chxubs (4 months ago)
12-18-2018 still no space tourism 😂
Adel Camac (4 months ago)
Test passed.
EliteGeeks (4 months ago)
nope, still didnt happen...
Scott Nilsson (4 months ago)
It's December 2018 and all I'm hearing about is President bush dying where is my spaceship
Anton io (4 months ago)
For someone earning $100,000 a year, $250,000 for someone earning 1 billion dollars a year is equal to $250 in comparison. I don’t think this makes sense
Jesse Weller (5 months ago)
i cant wait to order Mcdonalds in space.
Jesse Weller (5 months ago)
flat earthers will still think the earth is flat.
Robert Torres (5 months ago)
https://youtu.be/EjjWi5PizXw This video explains how a sphere would appear flat and demonstrates , I was going along with flat earth era until I saw this video
Jason X (5 months ago)
This is fake all fake ! The whole humanity is hilarious to believe all this bullshit
Daniel Heng (5 months ago)
It didn't happen
Watercolours by mart (5 months ago)
You v got 2 months left or maybe we will go next year 🙄
Extreme 16 (6 months ago)
The moon was awesome
Adrian Wulff (6 months ago)
Who is Watching in late 2018 (22nd October)?
Adrian Wulff (6 months ago)
The pale blue dot
Alexander Arnold (6 months ago)
It took off a long time before 2018. . . such a large industry now, space travel is.
Ink Gaming (6 months ago)
uhhh what
Sherry King (6 months ago)
Its October 2018 ..?No flight!!!
Amiin Wardi (6 months ago)
I am sure there will be a suicide bomber in the space too.
DeadX Gaming (6 months ago)
“Late in 2018” isn’t this late enough cmon I wanna ride ponies in space
Matthew Mackenzie (6 months ago)
Earth is flat
Franky Uk (6 months ago)
Space tourism will take-off in 2018. Only in a green screen CGI movie...
Gabriel666 sparda (7 months ago)
Already late 2018 nothing happened
Dream Film (7 months ago)
Nothing happened so far
Steve Adamo (7 months ago)
BLAH BLAH BLAH..... Is all its been for years now. The fact that this video promotes one of the biggest lies ever fed to the people (challenger disaster) tells me it'll all be BLAH BLAH BLAH Wen the time comes.
Jerry Stafford (7 months ago)
I blew that porcelain bowl on lift off
Team Rocket (7 months ago)
Why am i hearing about this now? As i watch the video, mars comes to my mind, the moon tourism could be the big stepping stone for traveling to mars and back.
Clementine 321 (7 months ago)
Space mining is where its at. Not space tourism. We'll be running out of minerals at the rate we are going. Why not find those minerals in space?
223 Tino (7 months ago)
Its 2018 already sooo
Jasmine Cho (8 months ago)
most of the world hasnt been discovered, 85% of the ocean hasnt been discovered
Milt Farrow (8 months ago)
Space Tourism can be had at DISNEYLAND"
The BRIDGE 54 (8 months ago)
Talking about space meanwhile half of the population is poor
Chad Walker (8 months ago)
i bless the rain down in africa
Der Diskutator (8 months ago)
Ofc, ofc. Yet we can't go to the moon in 2018, hahahahaha, everyone who buys this ridiculous shit deserves to be a slave, deserves to be what he is. xD Check out Don Pettit, hahahah! Pure comedy, these AstroNOTs! :D
groundtraveler28 (8 months ago)
if you slack, I'm in your back
pacman lp (8 months ago)
No, it will not.
BALA KRISHNA (8 months ago)
wow!!! just wow!!!!!
By Brawe (8 months ago)
why 0.02 slope in clouds ???
TAK Ism. (8 months ago)
they should take all the rich to space and leave them there.
Eyenet2u (9 months ago)
Space tourism is only possible in "CGI Hollywood" style. Just watch the movie Gravity and this will be all the Space tourism humanity will ever get. Enjoy.
o o (10 months ago)
If i cant afford one plane ticket i cant afford this.
RmaN (10 months ago)
Looks like the redcoats will win this round!! Good luck Dick!!!
Pushyhog (10 months ago)
2019.2020, my ass!
Art Michael (10 months ago)
Flat Earth lol
Skip ad (10 months ago)
EARTH will remain the best place to live and visit for long time. ther is nothing better then EARTH for now as our space travel limit is very short. maybe max to the Moon and back .such a fuking bad argument to go out in space cuz earth is already mostly discovered. that guy said he had all the fun in the world? his face dosnt tell me that. is such a bad way to advertise this. they should get a rich famous guy to say that and i would belive it. but nobody even the richest guys are not bored on earth. if they are, wait for getting old and die, or suicide yourself and go in heaven/hell if you dont like earth.
summer duncan (10 months ago)
2018 here no space travel
Uncle Gazpacho (10 months ago)
While I call bullshit on this new promise of space tourism within the year AGAIN, I am truly rooting for it. What I don't get is the complete ignorance of the comments on this thread composed by jealous jackasses that use pollution as a means of denigrating this profound endeavor. Go sit in the corner when these flights do launch as you're clearly too stupid to appreciate what you'd be witnessing.
Lachlan O'Neil (10 months ago)
Well this has gone to shit.
Lu Els (10 months ago)
Well done for virgin - somebody needs to send an idiot of the ones who still thinking earth it’s flat 🤣 to kill the controversy that way youtube clean their stupid videos about earth being flat 🤣
Contraption (10 months ago)
when pigs fly u will go to space
Desiree Tan (11 months ago)
I'm more concerned about the energy resources required as well as the wastage that will be created for this space tourism.
najgauner (11 months ago)
who came up with the name virgin lol? Is it that virgin nerds are more dedicated than non-virgin nerds?
Daniel Jensen (11 months ago)
Please take eric dubay
David Warmflash (11 months ago)
How in 2018 is somebody still using the term "dark side" of the Moon? Apollo 8 saw Earthrise coing around the nearside because they were between the Sun and Earth, so the farside was lit up.
Dr Zonnked (11 months ago)
The new Universal Studios ride look great.
Evil DroneZ (11 months ago)
Imagine the look on there faces when they see buildings on the dark side of the moon . Hey we want our money back!!!! 😂
David Rosenfeld (11 months ago)
Sigh, he had to say ”disc”?!
Butt Space. The final frontier.
why only rich and smart get to go to space?
Don Pablo (1 year ago)
trop cool
IntheeyesofMorbo (1 year ago)
without rich inventors and patrons we would not have the fine art of the renaissance or most research programs in science. f**king commies always pissing on any form of capitalism when it works. Unless you reward innovation and risk-taking you wont get jack in the form of advancement. Yes people with cash tend to pay the costs of any advances. it takes people like Branson, Ford, Edison, Wozniak, Gates, Musk, Sikorsky, Kelly Johnson (skunk works) and other great businessmen and visionaries -- driven businessmen and engineers like them build the world we live in today. A bunch of whiners isnt going to change that anytime soon.
mrrifleman (1 year ago)
science fiction?i d say this is,back to moon?u got to get there 1st,before u can return
Alan Daniel (1 year ago)
Put those two con artist pukes musk and branson on the first flight to hell,I'll pay for their one way ticket so I dont have to listen to their bullshit lies to steal taxpayer money ever again
Alex Shi (1 year ago)
I don't even care if I died on the way back to Earth. I just wouldn't want to die on the way up. If I could ever even get a glimpse from up there in the heavens, I would gladly trade my life.
Steve Lawson (1 year ago)
I will Trust Virgin Galactic over SpaceX. You Go Sr. Richard Branson you can do it.
Ha An Pham (1 year ago)
neither bitcoin nor you fans gonna go to space any time soon. Mid Mars 2018
Leon黒 (1 year ago)
Mr.Anyan is the best
Gary Pugh (1 year ago)
I see for a few thousand dollars you can go to russia and fly in the back seat of a fighter and go to 60,000ft.......that's just as good and available .
Gary Pugh (1 year ago)
Non pilots may think you go into orbit. They don't realize it's just up and down only. 🤔
Joon - young (1 year ago)
I hope this is successful virgin, SpaceX, Jeff and others
Ramunas Andrinavicius (1 year ago)
Andrew Church (1 year ago)
Plenty of ocean unexplored
End Days (1 year ago)
Good know you can all see flat
last name ford (1 year ago)
One day it won’t cost you shit for anything
last name ford (1 year ago)
GOOD still waiting
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Hardcore Panda (1 year ago)
FAKE, the earth is flat until I go myself to the moon!
Sulltay (1 year ago)
2:56 #wemadeittothemoonlmao
Nidhal Selmi (1 year ago)
two tourists = Winklevi Brothers.
Alex (1 year ago)
Selfish, how many resources they use for fun
kyeee (1 year ago)
Czn't wait to send a flat earther up there!
Reality Check (1 year ago)
Please let's keep it real. It won't be open to the masses. It will be open to the elites and until such a time we close the gap here on earth, nothing will ever change in the future. If broadening our horizons in space by means of human presence helps to close that gap here on earth ... the I am all for it despite the slow transition. I hope those that go up early on have a great time and go on to become better humans for it.
Lunamaria (1 year ago)
If NASA couldn't make it to the moon... How can they?... I smell investment scam lol
zane marks (1 year ago)
In school we’re talking about it

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