Y1:D406 – While KSC astronauts go about the serious business of space exploration, some just want to go on a joy ride.
For many, many Kerbals, space is a distant dream. Only a select few can join the astronaut core, and until now that meant that most would never leave the ground.
It seems the great equalizer, funds (√), have erased that obstacle. Now, for those who have the cash, space is but a huge down payment away.
Two flights have left the cape this month carrying untrained passengers relying on automation and remote control to see them safely through their orbital adventures.
KSC declared that this is, for the moment, and experimental effort and the whether or not the tourism is continued, let alone expanded, remains to be seen.