Space Tourism

999 WordsMay 2, 20114 Pages
Public Space Tourism “The idea gradually dawned around the turn of the twentieth century that the rocket was the key to space travel.” (History of Rocketry and Space Travel) Then in 1969, Lance Armstrong and Apollo 11 landed on the mood for the first time. Now over 40 years later, the thought of public tourism into outer space has become a reality. A big turning point in public space tourism was the SpaceX competition, which was held on October 4, 2004. There was a $10,000,000 prize to the group who could build a private space ship that could carry three people to 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, twice within two weeks. The prize was one by a group called SpaceShipOne, led by aerospace designer Burt Rutan and financier…show more content…
The force felt when going back home is very similar to the feeling felt when heading in to space. When descending, the seat is reclined and you are basically lying down to help reduce the pressure caused by the force of descent. Once landed, you depart the ship and head home, only with great memories of what home looked like from over sixty miles away. Obviously a $200,000.00 trip in to space isn’t something that everyone can afford to do, however, it is actually a reasonable price to go do something that most will never do in their lifetime. The technological changes made to space ships along with years of research and development may change all of that though. What started off as Lance Armstrong and Apollo 11 landing on the moon, has turned into something so much bigger, only 40 years later. To think that there are trips you can take in to space, and blueprints of an orbiting space hotel really makes you look forward to what kind of possibilities for space travel there could be in the next 40 years to come. Works Cited Von Braun, Wernher, and Fredrick I. Ordway III. History of Rocketry and Space Travel. 3rd ed. New Yory: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1834. Print. P. 40-45 Xprize Foundation. Salkever, Alex. "Dust off the Moon Suit, Honey, It's Time for a Space Vacation. (cover Story)." Christian Science Monitor 90.36 (1998). EBSCO MWCC. Web.
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