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World View, the stratospheric ballooning company, announced today taking passengers to the edge of space, launching from iconic global landmarks, starting with Grand Canyon National Park.

World View’s mission is to bring as many people as possible to the edge of space so that at 100,000 feet, they’ll see a world without borders, a company press statement explains.

Flights would loft eight participants and two World View crew members in a zero-pressure stratospheric balloon and pressurized space capsule to 100,000 feet altitude, nearly 23 miles into the stratosphere, an experience that will last six to 12 hours.

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World View Spaceports

The plan calls for World View participants to rise from spaceports across the world, gently floating in the atmosphere for hours to experience the Earth’s curvature and the darkness of space, taking them four times higher than a commercial aircraft flight.

The voyages, originating out of World View Spaceports at the Seven Wonders of the World, are built around a 5-day fully immersive experience. Participants will be offered excursions from the Spaceports, enabling them to fully experience and immerse themselves in the beauty, fragility, history, and importance of the areas surrounding the Seven Wonders.

Along with the Grand Canyon in the United States, the other launch locales identified are:

  • Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia;
  • Serengeti, Kenya
  • Aurora Borealis, Norway
  • Amazonia, Brazil
  • Giza Pyramids, Egypt
  • Great Wall of China, Mongolia

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Overview Effect

“The company believes that by reaching a critical mass of people experiencing what has been labeled the Overview Effect that humanity will be able to markedly improve the future of our fragile Earth,” the company statement adds.

World View is now accepting deposits for its edge-of-space trips. With an initial deposit of $500, participants can reserve their place in line for commercial flights. The up-and-going price tag is $50,000 per seat with flexible financing options available.

World View has designed the Explorer Space Capsule to offer an elevated luxury experience including a personal in-flight concierge, in-flight dining and bar, internet data connection, access to Earth-view cameras and star-view telescopes, individual viewing screens, fully reclining seats and, thankfully, an on-board lavatory.

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First Commercial Flights

World View’s first commercial flights are expected to begin in early 2024 with non-profit Space For Humanity securing the inaugural commercial flight.

Space For Humanity, a nonprofit group, is organizing the first Sponsored Citizen Astronaut Program, where leaders, from any walk of life, can apply for an opportunity to go to space and experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness that occurs when a human being looks down on the Earth from space.

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