WHAT IS SPACE TOURISM:this is another niche segment of the aviation industry that seeks to give tourists the ability to become astronauts and experience space travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes.
Space tourism is an exciting development in the travel and tourism industry. A futuristic type of tourism, the prospect of being able to spend leisure time in space is a daunting concept for many. But whilst some of us may have expected only have to be able to experience space tourism using virtual reality software, several companies are turning holidays in space into a reality.
This is human space travel for recreational purposes. There are several different types of space tourism, including orbital, suborbital and lunar space tourism.
Why is space tourism important?
Scientific research. There are a few scientific benefits of tourism, though the most recent flights were perhaps not long enough to offer too much insight. When, in the future, we see longer space flights, we’ll have the opportunity to study long-term physiological changes in humans as a result of being in space.
We might not realistically be able to travel into space for our annual leave days just yet, but there are still ways that we can get involved with the space tourism industry. Here are some examples.
Stargazing is a popular space tourism pastime for many. There are many parts of the world that are renowned for their stargazing potential. These are usually remote areas, where the light pollution is reduced, enabling maximum visibility.
Some popular stargazing destinations have capitalised on the tourist market by organising stargazing tours or stargazing-focussed accommodation options, such as bubble hotels. This CNN article shows you some of the best bubble hotel spots around the world. Many people use this opportunity to visit the Northern Lights or the Southern Lights too.
Lots of these destinations are perfect for practicing your astrophotography too!
Whilst a rocket launch may not be an everyday occurrence, it is possible to spectate when they do happen. Once operated only by Governments, there are now a range of private companies that undertake rocket launches.
If you travel to a destination with the sole intention of watching a rocket launch, or if you watch a rocket launch alongside other business or leisure pursuits, you can be classified as a space tourist.
A prominent part of the space tourism industry are space museums.
There are many museums throughout the world that are focussed around the concept of space, although these are most numerous in the United States and Russia. Here are some of the most highly-rated space museums.
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, US
- Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Canada
- Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow, Russia
- Pima Air and Space Museum, Arizona, US
- Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York City, US
- Le Bourget Air and Space Museum, Paris, France
- Kennedy Space Center, Florida, US
- Cité de l’espace, Toulouse, France