|25 March 1998
CONTACT: Karen Rugg, 202-543-1900
(Washington, DC) -- In response to today's release by the Space Transportation Association (STA) and NASA of their two-year General Public Space Travel and Tourism Study Report, Pat Dasch, executive director of the National Space Society (NSS), issued the following statement:
"It is clear with the release of today's study that the question to ask about developing a space tourism industry is no longer 'can it ever happen,' but rather 'how long until it does'.The National Space Society, founded in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its 23,000 members and 90 chapters around the world actively promote a spacefaring civilization. Information on NSS and space exploration is available at <http://www.nss.org/>.
NOTE: The next issue of NSS's magazine, Ad Astra, will be a special report on space tourism, available May 15. Reporters interested in receiving a copy should contact Karen Rugg at 202-543-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The General Public Space Travel and Tourism Study Report is available online at <http://www.spacetransportation.org/genpub~2.pdf>. The document is an Adobe Acrobat file; free viewer available from Adobe.