Do you think you’ve already seen everything on our planet? And traveling even to the remotest parts of our world doesn’t excite you anymore, then space tourism is the way to go for you. No, I’m not kidding, space tourism is an option increasingly being chosen by travelers. The only drawback is that they are somewhat unique in terms of costs involved and timing. Many people believe that buying tickets to travel to space and back is a futuristic idea and still only a concept. Partly true, but through the last decade, huge amounts of work have gone into realization of this concept.
There is no doubt that people want space tourism, and it is absolutely possible. Even if today you want to coordinate a ride through space, it is possible but it would cost you about $ 200,000, and the same can be done at Virgin Galactic. Then there is XCOR Aerospace, which plans to launch its first flight into space in its Lynx spacecraft in 2010. Lynx spacecraft is of the size of a small plane with capacity for two people. This ship can take off and land at any airport in the world, and perform up to four flights daily and operate at supersonic speed, even exceeding three and a half times the speed of sound, i.e. leaving the Earth at about 4200 kilometers per hour.
Trips on Lynx spacecraft will be relatively cheaper and will be priced at $ 100,000 and even if you think that is insane, have patience, Virgin Galactic has already promised flights at $ 55,000 in nine years. The ball has already started rolling and a billionaire businessman from California, Dennis Tito has already had the honors of being the first space tourist. He paid $ 20m for his trip to the International Space Station and back. The real challenge is to make these trips real affordable, and make it viable for the middle class to take the same. Some people believe it is just the matter of time when there will be space hotels, space activities, space sports, and more.
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