I think everyone wants to go to space sometime, especially when they’re younger. If you gather a group of kids together and ask them what they want to be when they grow up, someone’s bound to say they want to be an astronaut and fly into outer space. While I have no interest in being part of the launch, I have always wanted to know what it feels like to be weightless and separated from the law of gravity. While I seriously doubt I’ll ever get the chance to know what floating in space feels like, some normal citizens (meaning non-astronauts) are going to get the chance in the not too distant future.
You’ve probably heard about Virgin Galactic and their desire to take tourists up to space. They’ve been working out the kinks of their plan for years, and they are now one step closer to liftoff. They’ve recently even been given FAA approval for their SpaceShipTwo, which is surely a sign of more good news to come. In fact, they hope to have their first commercial flight later this year.
The SpaceShipTwo would both take off and land from from Virgin Galactic’s site in New Mexico. Could you imagine booking a trip to space? That’d be one heck of an itinerary: day one: see the moon; day two: check out Jupiter’s ring, and so on. It’d be like a grown up Magic School Bus trip.
Naturally, the flights aren’t anything close to being inexpensive – they’ll cost around $200,000, and the ship will seat 6 passengers at a time. (The first flights were also booked a long time ago). I’m also not exactly sure how long each flight would last, only that Virgin Galactic hopes to do them weekly.
What do you think? Would you hitch a ride to space if you could float (pun intended) it? Let us know in the comments section below!
[Image via Virgin Galactic]