Sep 2, 2021 - Science

3. Private companies are changing who gets to go to space

Illustrated collage of an astronaut looking over a gridded vortex wall into space.

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Private missions to orbit like the all-civilian Inspiration4 launching later this month are opening access to space to people who historically haven't gone there.

Why it matters: Fewer than 600 people have flown to space, and most of them have been white men. But with the rise of commercial spaceflight that's expected to change.

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