Space Tourism Essay

1003 Words May 18th, 2011 5 Pages
Public Space Tourism

“The idea gradually dawned around the turn of the twentieth century that the rocket was the key to space travel.” (History of Rocketry and Space Travel) Then in 1969, Lance Armstrong and Apollo 11 landed on the mood for the first time. Now over 40 years later, the thought of public tourism into outer space has become a reality. A big turning point in public space tourism was the SpaceX competition, which was held on October 4, 2004. There was a $10,000,000 prize to the group who could build a private space ship that could carry three people to 100 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, twice within two weeks. The prize was one by a group called SpaceShipOne, led by aerospace designer Burt Rutan and financier
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Before taking your trip, there would be three days of training. This training will help simulate what the trip will be like without gravity, and the G-force that will be felt when in flight. There is also a medical examination that would also need to be done, however, Virgin Galactic states that majority of people who wish to travel to outer space will be able to do so without health restrictions. (4) After your medical examination and pre-flight training, you are ready for space travel. Once everyone is suited up and strapped into their seats, and the ship is ready to leave; That is when you will feel the thrusters engage. On your way in to space, the ship travels at approximately 2500 miles per hour, which is over 3 times the speed of sound. Here is where the pre-flight training helps you cope with the G-force that is felt as the ship climbs into space. As the ship climbs higher and higher, the passengers will notice the sky outside change from light blue to dark blue, then to black. Once in space, the rocket motors for the vessel are powered off, and it’s complete silence. At this time, if you take your seat belt off, you will see that gravity is no longer there and you can literally float around the cabin of the ship. The engines of the ship are designed for the pilots to be able to easily maneuver it for the passengers to be able to see earth from their position in space. Once they are in position and you’re out of your seat,

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