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When space tourism will become available?
Truth be told – the money will not buy you happiness, but a ticket to the International Space Station just enough. Ask multimillionaire Dennis Tito, who became the first space tourist in 2001, or the owner of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberte, who became the first clown in space in 2009. If you have some cash in “Roscosmos” and there is time.
But what about those of us who is not an international circus magnate or adventure lovers with money? Will space tourism ever reality for us?
Companies such as Virgin Group, which is owned by Richard Branson, say “yes.” Even if you already have 20,000 dollars in cash, you can book a 200,000-dollar ticket on SpaceShipTwo (which runs a successful test ). In the next few years he has become the first commercial spacecraft.
Each flight will accommodate six passengers and will last two and a half hours a suborbital space (110 kilometers above Earth). Once there, passengers will be able to float freely in weightlessness and enjoy what CEO Virgin Galactic George Whitesides calls “transformative experience.” Continents, oceans and clouds will float from the bottom, and overhead is boundless space.
If $ 200 000 still sounds too much, just because space – a very expensive destination, even if you are not going to stay there for the night. NASA spends about 30, 000 to deliver one kilogram payload into orbit.
If you think that the flight – it’s expensive, just imagine the high cost of hanging out in orbit. The International Space Station is estimated to range from 35 to 100 billion dollars. These include support systems, facilities, engineering, communication and life support. These are the costs of overcoming the planets gravity and retention in an incredibly aggressive environments.
However, companies such as the Canadian Space Island Group and even Hilton hotels in the long run considering the creation of housing for orbital space tourists of tomorrow. To become a reality, space flight technology still have to grow up and become more economically viable. Also, there is a definite problem in health care. Modern astronauts undergo nightmarish congestion, risk getting radiation exposure and is guaranteed to lose bone mass. As soon as space tourism is becoming more real, in public institutions is growing interest in the safety of passengers.
Space tourism has become a reality in 2001. But your options are limited modern technology (or lack thereof) and the high cost of reaching orbit, though, and you can buy a ticket.
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