The Outta-this world Reality of

Space Tourism

By R.I. Diculous

Intro

Kay, so youÕve been to Disneyland right? YouÕve probably been to Sea World, or HawaiiÉ how about the Grand Canyon, or Jackson Hole, or Washington DC? But the thrill of that wears off, doesnÕt it? Wanna take a vacation that will make even the Belle Etoile Suite in Paris, France seem ennuyeux (on-we-yer) (boring) as they say in French? Who wouldnÕt? Read on to find out exactly where you can go. You will learn what Space Tourism actually is, some history, and some interesting facts.  The sky isnÕt the limit anymore.

What is Space Tourism?

WhatÕs space tourism?   According to Dictionary.com space tourism is space travel for tourists. No duh, right? But itÕs pretty awesome if you think about it. The sky isnÕt the limit anymore, at least for vacations. ItÕs cool!

 

 

 

Text Box: Figure 1: The Galactic Suite is scheduled to open in 2012What is the Galactic Suite? According to technabob, the Galactic Suite (scheduled to open in 2012. A space tourist would pay $4.4 million to book a suite for a 3-night stay. The business sponsoring it claims to already have 43 people on the reserved list. Tourists must undergo 18 weeks of training on a tropical island. After that it's off to the shuttle for a day and a half trip to the suite. Once there, the out-of-this-world experience begins. Tourists will go around the world in just 80 minutes, and see 15 sunsets a day, experiencing the thrill of being able to look at planet earth from above. And tourist will wear velcro suits so they can stick to the walls of the Galactic Suite like Spider-Man! 

History

Who was the first space tourist, and how much did he pay to go into space. Dennis Tito (tee-Toh) was the first space tourist. He paid 20 million dollars! What an expensive trip! (wikianswers).

This paragraph is about Dennis Tito. Dennis Tito was born in New York on August 8th, 1940. That means that heÕs 60 in August of this year! He got a bachelors degree in astronautics. He later got a Masters degree in engineering. On April 28, 2001, he became the first space tourist on the Soyuz TM-32. Dennis is divorced and has a daughter and two sons.(astronautix.com)

Text Box: Figure 2: Dennis Tito was the first space tourist as of 2001Who were the first seven space tourists? The first 7 space tourists were Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth (what a great last name for the second space tourist!) Gregory Olsen, Anousheh Ansari (if you can say that!), Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Lalibertˇ. BTW- 5 of the seven were American, at least a little bit.

Text Box: Figure 3: Virgin Galactic is a company that has pioneered space tourism What was the original reaction to Passenger Shuttles? Lot's of people were thrilled with the first Passenger Space Shuttle. Perhaps it was the purple lights and cool, (spacey) music, but the first shuttle was received with lots of enthusiasm. Who were the first seven space tourists? The first 7 space tourists were Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth (what a great last name for the second space tourist!) Gregory Olsen, Anousheh Ansari (if you can say that!), Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Lalibertˇ. BTW- 5 of the seven were American, at least a little bit. (Wikipedia)

                                 

Cool Facts

Are there nicknames for space tourists? Yes! They can be called ŌHOMOSPACIENS. Personally, I like space tourist better. (Lambert Varias)

 

What is a wacky idea for space tourism? Some people have destination weddings in Hawaii. But if that isn't good enough for you, there's always outer space. JTLYK: It might be fun, but it's $200,000 per person.

Is colonizing Mars real? Yes! Plans for colonies on Mars are underway, and some major companies have even put money into it! (Robert Zubrin). 

 

Conclusion

IÕve told you about what space tourism is, and itÕs history, not to mention cool facts. The idea of space tourism has been around for a long time, but not until Dennis Tito (first space tourist) was it really a reality.  Still, it seems to some that space tourism won't really become big, and for most everyone, the only trips into space will be in daydreams.

           Figure 5: Earth from Space