Bupa has launched travel insurance for the space tourist market.
"We provide insurance cover to people in 190 countries so it wouldn't be a giant leap to add outer space to that list," said Nick Potter Head of Bupa Travel.
"We are looking into space tourism as a real market for the next generation of travellers, especially as Russian cosmonauts have already taken tourists up into space.
"Obviously we have to take into account various issues, such as the effect such a journey would have on the human body, although clarity will come in this new area of travel within the next decade."
Richard Branson plans to launch a space tourist service as early as 2009.
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