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Nice overview of space tourism options

Link here. The author does an excellent job outlining in detail the pros and cons of each space tourism option, from Virgin Galactic (“joy ride”) to Axiom’s orbital station trips (“Five stars!”)

She misses a few however, such as the recent announcement by the balloon company Worldview that it plans near space tourists flights in competition with Space Perspectives, and for a much smaller ticket price. There are also two Spanish balloon companies gearing up to capture this end of the space tourist business.

Regardless, if you’ve got some spare cash and want to spend it in an adventurous way, here is a guide for doing so.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!

 

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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5 comments

  • Jeff Wright

    What is this spare cash you speak of?
    Economists run the risk of alienating folk with the wording about how there is too much money floating around—where?

  • Edward

    Robert,
    There was a time when Disneyland’s “Star Tours” ride was considered to be space tourism. What advancements we have made in actual tourism of space.

    I’m not sure how Sissi Cao valued these, but I think Blue Origin was shortchanged. Their experience comes with having crossed the Karman line, so that there are no international arguments as to whether the tourist was in space.

  • Edward noted: “Their experience comes with having crossed the Karman line, so that there are no international arguments as to whether the tourist was in space.”

    Also: We Put Capt Kirk In Space First!

  • Andi

    It’s very telling how, after Capt Kirk experienced countless Hollywood versions of looking at planets from space, was totally wowed by the real thing! IIRC, he spent the whole weightless time staring out the window instead of doing somersaults.

  • ” . . . he spent the whole weightless time staring out the window instead of doing somersaults.”

    Totally down with that. I can do gymnastics on Earth.

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