The space has always fascinated people and at firs it was the subject of mythical stories, later scientific studies, and finaly, in the 20 century man has managed to make that critical step and pushed off into the space. A man circled around the earth’s orbit, landed on the moon, and today many satellites are orbiting around the earth and various spacecraft are constantly exploring the endless universe. They are looking for indications of life in the universe or planets that could resemble our own. Such pursuits may appear to be futile, but the idea of space tourism seemed like science fiction as well, and now it’s finally coming true.
Space tourism seemed like very futuristic and unrealistic idea, but when people want something strongly enough, and while they have enough money, nothing is impossible. It is an idea whose time has come. It’s going to start soon, and it’s going to grow rapidly, generating the funds needed to open up space to a wide range of human activities – every line of business, from construction to marketing, fashion, interior-design and law. But, primarily, IT WILL BE FUN!
Dennis Tito was the first fee-paying space tourist. He was sent by Space Adventures, Virginia based company in 2001 and after this (pricy) adventure, 6 another space tourists followed in his footsteps. Tito paid around £14m for his eight days in orbit. He travelled to the International Space Station and then returned to Eart. Since then, this company is still the only one thats sending paying travellers into space. These speciall tourists can also enjoy in space walking (“Extra Vehicular Activity”), but for this pleasure they will have to pay an additional $15 million (£9.6m) for the privilege of spending one-and-a-half hours outside the space station. And circumnavigation of the moon would cost ”just” $100 million (£64 million).
We know that a good vacation usually includes a quality hotel. Therefore, accommodation in the space is definitely the next logical step to be addressed. And the proposals were numerous. American entrepreneur Robert Bigelow – owner of Bigelow Aerospace – has launched two inflatable, inhabitable modules. They are currently unoccupied, but still in orbit. Bigelow hopes to launch the first commercial space station by 2012. The Galactic Suite is another planned space hotel. See http://www.galacticsuite.com.
As the space tourism is such a fun topic, many artists have tried to give their ideas about space vacation, how will the vehicle look like, the travel itself, life on a spaceship, the way the passengers will look like, and, afcourse, hoe will the final destination somewhere in the universe be like.