Space Tourism

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I imagine I'm not the only one in class who has dreamed of space travel. In fact, I would make it a top priority if I were to make a bucket list. I recently read an article that makes that dream more possible than I ever thought. A "space tourism company" named World View estimates that it will be able to accommodate customers above the stratosphere as early as 2015, according to Kenneth Chang's article "Balloon Ride to Offer Expansive View, For A Price" in The New York Times yesterday. How expensive is this groundbreaking balloon ride? $75,000, yikes. Fortunately, over time this price is sure to drop. Space tourism is still in its beginning stages, but I'm so glad to see it begin, and can only dream of the possibilities that will exist in space tourism in my lifetime. 


This seems like a really cool thing that they want to do! I don't think I could do it though. Space is such an unknown thing that it freaks me out to think that there is so much out there that you don't know about it. This website is the space tourism society website where they tell you all about their plans. It is cool to see what they want to do with it, but it's just not for me:

You can actually get a pretty good idea of what the experience would be like from the comfort of your home at

It really does seem like it would be a once in a lifetime experience to be able to see the Earth from orbit. But maybe we will see further advancements with space travel now that it has a place in the commercial market.

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