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Outer Space

Are you looking for a holiday that's truly out of this world? Well, look no further!

Outer Space is now closer than ever, with the world's first commercial space service Virgin Galactic preparing for take-off. House of Travel is the travel partner of Virgin Galactic, and New Zealanders are able to secure their tickets from one of six Accredited Space Agents throughout the country, of which Calder & Lawson Managing Director Paul Forward is one.

Virgin Galactic is the world's first commercial spaceline, owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS. They have completed their third rocket-powered supersonc flight of it's passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, Spaceship's reaction control system and the newly installed thermal protection coating on the vehicle's tail boons. These were conducted by teams from Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic's spacecraft, which reached a maximum altitude of 55,000 feet during this test flight, has been designed to accommodate six passengers and two pilots. It's expected to eventually do around five commercial flights a day, each reaching an altitude of over 359,000 feet.

Commenting on the successful test flight, Sir Richard Branson said; "I couldn't be happier to start the New Year with all the pieces visibly in place for the start of full space flights. 2014 will be the year when we finally put our beautiful spaceship in her natural environment of space".

The new Spaceship ( SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise) and carrier craft (WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve) have both been developed for Virgin galactic's vehicle fleet by Mojave, Calif., share much of the same design, but are built to carry six customers, or the equivalent scientific research payload, on subtorial space flights. The vehicles will allow an out-of-the-seat, zero gravity experience with astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space for tourist astronauts and a unique microgravity platform for researchers.

Already eight Kiwis have purchased tickets for the rocket-powered flights, which will see would-be astronauts view the planets and stars from above the Earth's atmosphere, while feeling the unique sensation of zero gravity.

Let us show you the world - from space!

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