Tourism is a worldwide popular trend .people love exploring different places by going to destinations which are alien to them. Their are various forms of tourism like ecotourism, cultural tourism, medical tourism ete.. Recently, a new type of tourism was added to list. Namely space tourism. It is just as the name suggest going to space for various purposes like leisure, business ete.. today in this article I will look at the pros and cons of space tourism. One of the main merit of tourism is that it helps to develop economy. As we all know space tourism is a very wide industry hence it will open a path for many job opportunities bringing a solution to the problem of jobless people to a certain extent. Furthermore we will get to discover a wide variety of new things. We can experience firsthand the beauty of comets, asteroids, stars and planets rather than seeing them by using a telescope, after all seeing with our own eyes have a different feel completely. In addition to this ,the future of tourism will flourish.
When advanced technological inventions like space shuttles and such are used a lot of people will be attracted to this industry .This is very much true right? Just imagine if we come across an event which we are not very familiar with then the tendency to learn it also grows. On the other hand, there are a lot of demerits of space tourism as well. Space tourism is quite a risky thing. No matter how developed we are if a catastrophe strikes in outer space we are not very likely to survive .moreover, it can be called simply a useless activity. Just for the mere pleasure of the eye there is no need to spend so much.
It is a squander of money and time Instead, if that same amount is given to the people who are suffering from famine and natural disasters, magnanimously we can make our world a better place for people of different standards. Space tourism is also affordable to a few. Even one trip to space takes over hundred thousand dollars. This results in different problems between the rich and poor .furthermore, it gives rise to a lot of environmental problems like global warming since a lot of non renewable sources are used in this industry. Space tourism is both a boon and ban .if it is carried out carefully then it will bring about lot of benefits and if it is not carries out carefully then get ready to face the worst outcome.
At one time it would have been impossible to think of ordinary people buying tickets to travel to space and back. But today it is happening and it is called space tourism. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie, ‘Total Recall’ had space tourism as a central theme.
Such tourism however is the privilege of the hugely wealthy for it costs a lot of money. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito, a California-based multi-millionaire became the first paying space tourist. He paid $20 million for the trip! Tito travelled on a Russian Soyuz capsule launched by an American company called Space Adventures Ltd.
He spent 7 days aboard the International Space Station. In 2002, Mark Shuttle worth, a South African millionaire, became the second space tourist. He too shelled out $20 million for the adventure. He spent 8 days on the ISS. Greg Olson was the third such tourist.
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But he preferred not to be called a tourist as he conducted many experiments during his stay at the ISS. In 2006, Anousheh Ansari became the first female to buy a ticket for space tourism. She is an American of Iranian origin. The cost of space tourism has not deterred enthusiasts from undertaking it. In fact, there is a long waiting list of laymen who wish to sight see space.
Space tourism has been derided as a ‘playground for the rich’. But as demand grows, the cost of space travel might come down and even the middle class may soon be able to sign up for tours to outer space. Many companies are trying to make sub-orbital flights affordable to the public. In India, people like Jay Patel, a diamond trader, and Santhosh George Kulangara have signed up as space tourists.
They will be among the first space tourists from India. Santhosh George, who hails from Kerala, will take off on the Virgin Galactic flight from America sometime in 2010. The entire process of signing up took two years. The flight charges are around Rs.90-lakhs but they may be reduced later.
It seems ridiculous for people to spend so much money on space tourism when so many things can be done to benefit society with that money. But ultimately nobody can decide how others should spend their hard-earned money.