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India’s first space tourist is launch-ready | Kochi News – Times of India

Kottayam: Only a journey to the outer space has been eluding Santhosh George Kulangara so far. That too will be a reality soon for the 49-year-old who has travelled to 130 countries and has documented his experiences for Malayalis across the world.
He is set to become India’s first space tourist, having booked his seat back in 2007 in one of the proposed paid commercial space flights to be launched by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. The globetrotter is really pumped up about his journey following the space trips made by Branson earlier this month and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday.
“Branson’s trip indicates that the stage is set for the launch of commercial flights for tourists like me,” says Santhosh who figures that space is the next big thing for humans.
“People don’t know whether earth will be a safe place to reside in another 100 years. The climatic changes and pandemics are just indications of things to come. So, colonization will start in other planets…

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