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OceanGate disaster puts spotlight on high-risk tourism, including space

 Blue Origin's NS-22 mission launches.
Blue Origin
Blue Origin's NS-22 mission launches from Texas, carrying a crew of six to the edge of space and back. A Congressional moratorium bans the Federal Aviation Administration from enacting any regulations to protect private citizens on space tourism missions. It's set to expire this year.

The catastrophic implosion of a submersible visiting wreckage of the Titanic that left all five people on board dead is raising questions about regulation in the high-risk tourism industry — including space.

We’ll speak Michelle Hanlon, Co-Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law, about the parallels between deep-sea adventures and space tourism trips and the path to regulation and safety.

Then, a European spacecraft is sending us new images of Mercury.

Only two missions have visited the planet closest to the sun. We’ll speak with Paul Byrne, Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of Washington in St. Louis, about the challenges of visiting Mercury and what this next mission may tell us about that rocky and hellishly-hot planet.

Brendan Byrne is WMFE's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the WMFE newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing WMFE's internship program.<br/><br/>Byrne also hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.
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