Oct. 5 at 12:00 pm E.T. NASA and SpaceX launch another set of four astronauts to the International Space Station as Crew-5 lifts off on a beautiful Florida day.

Space tourism. The very term sounds like something from the far distant future. However, it is currently 2020, and this year could very well be the year in which the super-wealthy begin travelling to space as tourists. Both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin seem to be on the cusp of bringing untrained, untested, but extremely wealthy individuals to space, if even for only a few moments. How did we get to this point, and what does the future hold for those who wish to “boldly go” to the edge of space, or even beyond?