As Malaysia launches its first astronaut to space in October many are already asking about what comes next after his return to Earth. Will the Malaysian astronaut program survive with such high costs at the expense of its developing economy, or will it die and lose the gained experience?
According to Norul Ridzuan Zakaria, space tourism is the answer to the space needs of Malaysia and other developing nations. By adopting a space tourism industry and its supporting services, developing nations can both offer space travel for their own citizens as well as drive other industries.
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