How to choose the right space vacation for you

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How to choose the right space vacation for you

Artist's rendering of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission

Artist’s rendering of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission
Image: Inspiration4

Look no further, because there is a space vacation prepared for you. We’ve considered every possible factor—price, safety, photo opportunities, prestige, and excitement level—to help you determine which of the many space tourism offerings is right for your needs.

For the space tourist pressed for time

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We get it, no one likes wasting time. And as experience tells us, those impromptu weekend getaways are often the best vacations. Fortunately, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has a solution for space tourists who crave spectacular experiences but are in a hurry to get things done.

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Photo: Blue Origin

We are talking about a fast flight beyond the Kármán line in a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The ride takes just 10 minutes, one of which is spent floating in precious zero gravity. After a parachute-assisted landing in the West Texas desert, you can quickly exit the ship like a newly minted astronaut (well, almost) and get on with your life. As for cost, we don’t really know, as Blue Origin tends to be tight-lipped on these things. That said, a New Shepard ticket sold for $28 million at auction in June 2021, so you have to consider it.

For the thrill seeker

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If you want an extreme space experience and also have exceptionally deep pockets, you should consider contacting SpaceX. for the price of $50 million, you can venture to an altitude of 364 miles (585 km) inside a Crew Dragon capsule. That’s further from Earth than the ISS and even the Hubble Space Telescope, and it’s the height reached by the SpaceX mission. Inspiration4which was released in September 2021.

At that distance, the view of the earth It should be great, especially when viewed from the Dragon Dome. This vacation lasts three days and ends with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Oh, and in case you’re worried, SpaceX it states have fixed your malfunctioning toilet.

The best investment for your money

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Okay, you’re not a billionaire. Don’t be ashamed of it: you can still vacation like one thanks to Virgin Galactic. A suborbital trip aboard Richard Branson’s space plane costs $450,000 per seat, and it gets the job done, without having to endure a jarring rocket launch from the surface.

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In fact, traveling on SpaceShipTwo, you’ll be traveling at an altitude of around 53 miles (86 km) above sea level, which some people They will tell you what the “space” is. This suborbital flight offers a brief moment in microgravity and a soft landing on the runway back to the surface. The whole thing should take about 90 minutes. A word of warning though: Virgin Galactic pilots are notorious for skip warning lights Y fly out of federally mandated airspace, so there’s definitely a thrill-seeking element to this offering.

for the super nerd

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Photo: Axiom Space

Space is cool, but aimlessly floating around a capsule gets boring really fast, and there are plenty of ways to say “oooh” and “aaaah” when looking out of a dome. Workaholics need constant mental stimulation and a sense of purpose, so a trip to the ISS with the help of Axiom Space is the right choice for you.

For $55 millionyou can pass a whole week aboard the space station conducting various scientific experiments, including tests to study the effects of microgravity on aging and heart health. You could even use this fun space helmet EEG-enabled to learn how much your brain has shrunk while floating in low-Earth orbit. In fact, you’ll never be the one again same.

On a budget?

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If you’re really tight-fisted, consider buying a balloon ride to the “edge” of space. And by edge we mean a third of the way there. Balloons can’t actually go into space (duh), otherwise our ancestors would have floated past the magnetosphere during the Napoleonic era. But balloons can go very, very high, possibly as high as 20 miles (30 km) above sea level. From up there, the blackness of space is clearly visible, as is the curvature of the Earth.

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Two startups, Space Perspective and World View, hope to send paying customers on balloon rides into the stratosphere, and for a fraction of the cost of going to space. Space Perspective cobra $125,000 for the six-hour ride and plans to launch its first ride in 2024, while World View plans to charge $50,000 for a similar offer. Space Perspective recently revealed the interior design of his misleadingly named Neptune spaceship, revealing a fully stocked bar, bucket seats, and custom ambient lighting.

for that special occasion

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Image: Northrop Grumman

You prefer to plan ahead, we like that about you. Furthermore, you are not convinced by any of the current options for space tourism and you are convinced that the future will have much more to offer. sure you want more 2001: A Space Odyssey in your life and less apollo 13. If you’re willing to wait 10 years or so, then we have the perfect idea for you: space hotels.

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Image: Northrop Grumman

Axiom Space plans to build the world’s first entirely private space station, which it wants to make available to commercial interests later this decade. That’s a good option, but other options could start to appear in the early 2030s; The NASA has asked three US companies, Blue Origin, Nanoracks and Northrop Grumman, to also develop private space station concepts. Space hotels are coming; you’ll just have to be patient and save a few tens of millions of dollars for the likely expense.

By the time you’re seriously done with it all

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If Earth isn’t enough anymore, maybe Mars is more your style. Elon Musk hopes to attract thousands upon thousands of would-be Martians by the 2050s. Your new life will begin with a six-month trip to the Red Planet. You will make a home on the highly irradiated surface, where your new hobbies will be producing food and water. Rigorous exercise routines will help your body avoid the damaging muscular and skeletal effects of lower-than-usual gravity. We can’t wait to receive your postcards.

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