Poll Position: Space case

Personally I've been a huge space-program nut since I was a kid, but since relatively routine flights there now seem to be on the horizon, I got to wondering about you all, too:

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The answers pretty much spell out the discussion areas; rather than just a yes or no, I wanted to get a feel for why you'd want to, or not want to. My wife, for instance, thinks I am completely insane for saying I'd jump on the chance in a heartbeat. And I don't know that I have just one reason, but you so rarely get the chance to make a dream come true, I'd totally take it, risks and all.

What about you, what did you answer, and why?

10 Responses to Poll Position: Space case

  1. Not so much frightened of blowing up mid-flight but being terribly acrophobic, but that.

  2. On one hand, I’d like to be one of the few that make that trip to space. But on the other hand, I’d be afraid of the risks and who I’d leave behind in case of catastrophe. If you had asked me eight years ago, it would have definitely been a yes.

  3. I said the last one because I’d prefer to buy a house and car and home cinima system then go into space.

  4. I said yes, because as someone who is in a wheelchair. I think the freedom would be awesome.

  5. Until the Millenium Falcon gets built for real I’m just not much into space travel.

  6. I’ll wait until we start colonizing other planets. 😀 I’m not blowing a million bucks on a ride in a tin can owned by Branson of the Giant Grin or the Russians.

  7. My actual choice isn’t there so I went with the forth no. Until it’s actually affordable for the average person to go into space this whole space tourism thing ain’t space tourism, it’s rich folks getting another way to show off how rich they are. Leave the space exploration up to governments, let’s stop pretending Branson and others are actually opening space up to the common man cause they aren’t. And their never going to since they can make hundreds of thousands off each individual they take.

  8. William A. Peterson

    I said No, mostly because I don’t want to give the money to dear old Vlad Putin, so he can use it to invade Georgia again!
    I might give it to Branson, but he’s got no access to the ISS.
    Knight, ANY of these guys would LOVE to cut the price to a few thousand, and schedule a dozen flights per day, if they could…
    But, right now, it’s just too expensive!
    Can you imagine what the Insurance costs would be? OUCH!

  9. Depends on how much money I have in this scenario. I won’t ever see a million dollars. But, if someone else sprung for it, I’d go in a heartbeat.

  10. Only $1 million? Quite a bargain! The first batch of space tourists were forking out $20 million each. (see Wikipedia’s “Space Tourism” page for cites.)

    A lightweight intro would be the zero-G plane flights — such as “goZeroG dot com” for under $10k. Would be a cool thing to do, if the disposable income for such was on hand.

    As space exploration stands now, it would currently be too indulgently narcissistic to be up there. Maybe when that space hotel promised in “2001, A Space Odyssey” ever gets built (drumming fingers impatiently…).