Experts: Huge space tourism expansion just months away
- URL to an article in CNN
Wouldn't it be ironic if the first permanent residents in orbit are not
scientists, but hotel workers for wealthy tourists?
First few paragraphs
(CNN) -- It's unlikely that you've heard of PJ King, despite the fact that
he's about to set himself apart from most humans who've ever walked the
planet. In as soon as 18 months, King could be launching into space as a
paying commercial space tourist.
King, a 41-year-old Irish businessman, is one of hundreds of travelers
who've signed up and trained to be among the first paying passengers aboard
_Virgin Galactic's_ (http://www.virgingalactic.com/) trips to suborbital
space -- 62 miles above the Earth.
"One of the reasons I'm doing this is precisely because I want these things
to be ordinary," King said. "Part of the problem with space travel is that
it is special."
King believes the $200,000 he and other passengers pay for a seat on a
Virgin Galactic spacecraft will help create a new future when "flights like
this are happening every week, when lots of people go, and the cost has been
massively reduced due to the economics of scale."
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- On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 8:56 PM, <derhexer@...> wrote:
>This reminds me of Fritz Leiber's short story "The Beat Group" where
> URL to an article in CNN
> Wouldn't it be ironic if the first permanent residents in orbit are not
> scientists, but hotel workers for wealthy tourists?
peaceful space constructors take over the space military complex since
they had been used to live in it, rather than pointing Earth will all
the gunports open. Ironic and witty. A very recommendable lecture for
ALEUS (It's not at what price we'll have peace, but how far within
ourselves we must go to live without fear for the sake of fear itself)
The Transmundial rules all