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The unique experience of watching our “blue planet” from space is no longer just a feeling that only astronauts can live!
This is the first time in human history NASA Astronauts have entered the Space Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. Two astronauts have finally arrived at the orbiting laboratory in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft.
It seems to be; in the end, space travels, in which only astronauts take charge, can be transformed into tourism travel projects. Of course, we are talking about people who can afford millions of dollars. Nevertheless, it would not be wrong to say that the chance to go to space without an astronaut was a dream for ‘ordinary’ people.
Elon Musk, one of the names shaping the future with its groundbreaking ideas, is also working with SpaceX to improve the boundaries of space tourism. Apart from the project of the trip to the Moon, which is expected to take place in 2023, Musk also has quite ambitious ideas such as sending manned vehicles to Mars.
The new version of Starship (and its Super Heavy booster) will be able to carry up to 100 people to the moon, Mars or other destinations in space or around Earth, he said. It will stand 387 feet (118 meters) tall and be completely reusable, with quick turnarounds.
“Definitely I can say that the community is overall excited with the opportunities that the space industry brings. And we’re excited to learn more about SpaceX’s plans out here,” Mendez told Space.com just hours before Musk’s presentation.
In conclusion, being able to experience the feeling of watching the world from space is still a chance for very few people. However, it would not be optimistic to think that tourist space travel will become more widespread, and perhaps even in the not-too-distant future, their fees will become more accessible.
Thank you to our guest writer Dear Elif Tavkaya
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© Cover photo by Joel Kowsky / NASA
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