Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Space Tourism Destinations for This Summer

"6 Great Space Getaways For Summer"
Space.com (July 2, 2010)

"When it comes to summer getaways, space enthusiasts with the means have a plethora of choices, and the rise of commercial spaceflight is making the list even longer.

"From a simple trip to view a rocket launch, to an actual flight in space, there are options to suit all kinds – and all budgets. And while many new space experiences come with a hefty price tag, there are still some options for the budget traveler.

"Here are six space-related trips private citizens can take:..."

One thing that makes this list different from Pan Am's "First Moon Flights" club of the sixties and seventies is that these are travel plans you can make today. If you can afford them:
  • See America's Space Centers
  • Escaping gravity (kind of)
  • Astronaut training
  • Suborbital Flights
  • Seeing Earth from orbit
  • Shoot for the moon
That last doesn't involve landing on Earth's moon. Two passengers and a pilot would take a Soyuz flight to the moon, and return without landing. At $100,000,000 a flight, nobody's bought a ticket.


But my guess is that it's just a matter of time before Space Adventures makes the arrangements necessary for their Lunar Mission.

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