SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — The dream of flying to space is close to the heart of every kid – and even many adults.
Such visions make possible ideas like the Intergalactic Travel Bureau. As part of an art festival on Governors Island in New York running June 9 and 10, the travel bureau asks visitors to imagine their dream space vacation. Want to see the rings of Saturn? How about the ice caps of Mars? The exhibit will allow participants to connect with actors and space scientists and come up with the best ways to learn and explore the solar system and beyond.
While such flights of fancy are great to imagine, within a few years it will actually be possible to launch into space without first becoming an astronaut. Space travel may never be as easy and safe as taking a plane from Los Angeles to New York, but ordinary citizens (with a lot of money) can already start putting some cash down on a ticket to space.
The current market is small, with only seven actual space tourists flying over the last decade, but many people dream of the day it grows. Elon Musk, who plans to fly space tourists through his company SpaceX, envisions a ticket to Mars costing a mere $500,000 – though enormous obstacles remain before such a endeavor could become a reality.
Here, Wired takes a look at the history, present, and future of space tourism and the ways to get your hands on a space ticket.
Interplanetary Tours Reservation Desk
The Intergalactic Travel Bureau has its precedents. Back in 1950, the American Museum of Natural History promoted its new space exhibit by asking visitors to imagine becoming a tourist in space. Soon, the museum was receiving letters requesting reservations from around the world, and they pledged to pass their list on to whichever entity headed to each destination first. The letters – many of them from children – show the eager hopefulness from an earlier era of spaceflight. — www.shafaqna.com