This week, we’re featuring a special post courtesy of our first guest blogger, Lisa! Hope you enjoy.
Space: the final frontier. Your mission is to go where no (552) man(s) has gone before.
Most of us can admit that we’ve dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring the mysteries of space at some point in our lives. If the spark for adventure is still alive within you, however, you’ll be very pleased to know that space tourism is growing, and may become an economically viable option within our lifetimes.
Dennis Tito, an American businessman, was the first tourist in space. After handing over a hefty sum of $20 million and hanging out in Russia for about a year, he was able to take off in April of 2001 and spend a week aboard the ISS. Since then, there have only been a few other cases of multi-millionaires travelling into space and spending time on the ISS, but interest in the industry is growing. Companies are promising some very ambitious projects within the next twenty years or so and are currently doing research into reusable spacecrafts and even space hotels.
Or, if you happen to have a lot of money lying around right now and have no time to wait for future aspirations, there are a few options open to you. Space Adventures, the leading spaceline company does not declare the price for a visit to space, but the cost is likely to be in the millions. Another company, Virgin Galactic, is offering trips to space for an up-front deposit of $250,000 – that is if your application is accepted and if they acquire the right technology. For a slightly less exciting experience, ZERO G is charging about $5000 plus tax for 5 to 7.5 minutes of weightlessness.
The allure of space will be ever present to us. While the final frontier has been explored, it is still far from being conquered. For now, we can only dream about the possibility that space travel will be the norm someday in the near future, and that we will all get an opportunity to be visitors to the most far-out travel destination.
(If you care about references, I have a few)
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