Ordinary Folks Traveling to Outer Space
Throughout the history of man, it has always been in our blood to travel, take long voyages, and explore new territories of land on Earth. Just about every man, woman, and child living on this planet today, has that curiosity inside of them and we always want to see what is on the other side. Now that we have made it to the 21st century without destroying our race with disease, nuclear weapons, or other things that could put us back into the caveman days. We have just about went to all of the corners of the Earth and there is only a few remote pieces of land we haven’t stepped foot on and the bottoms of our oceans are still a bit of a mystery, but we have conquered Mother Earth for the most part. The only other direction we have left is up and space will be man’s next and biggest challenge ever, when it comes to feeding this curiosity we have about the moons, stars, and other planets; which do exist in our solar system.
Yes, the next big Lewis & Clark adventure will take place in outer space and we already have a lot of good technology in place, that is making space travel possible in the first part of our new millennium. While the space program was invented in the 20th century and very much operational then too, it’s really not that big of a story; when it comes to our abilities to travel away from the Earth in the 21st century. However, only highly trained astronauts and space people were getting the chance to leave the planet and go where very few other men and women have gone before. If you wanted to travel to space in the 20th century, you would have had to complete a high level of education courses and training for the chance to go. The overall numbers are still relatively low for those who have traveled to space compared to the 8+ billion people on our planet who hasn’t been beyond Earth’s gravitational field yet.
Other than a few other high-tech countries, the main launching pad for space travel has always been reserved for the men and women working with NASA. If you ever wanted to go or had dreams about traveling to outer space, you were going to have to get NASA’s permission; not to mention the use of their technology and space shuttles to get you there.
Today the study and technological advancements for outer space and space travel come from a variety of really smart people, private companies, the military for various countries, and the wealthy citizens of the World. All of these modern sources are contributing things and ideas to the astrological equations; which could make traveling to space a real possibility for more than just NASA employees and astronauts.
I find it interesting at the number of wealthy men living in our country and in other parts of the world and how a lot of these filthy rich men want to make the trip into space one day. The 21st century is going to create multiple space vehicles, for multiple paths into the open space that is beyond Earth’s furthest atmosphere from her ground. Some of these billionaires will still be young enough to make the trip and most of them will get a chance to conquer one of the last thing’s in their life, they haven’t conquered yet, because you figured most challenges they have over came to be so rich now.
I haven’t made up my mind yet, if given the opportunity by NASA or a private space travelling company, if I would choose to go. I can tell you one thing for certain. If I had a few million dollars in the bank; then there is no way in the World I would think about travelling to outer space. Why risk it? I know for the rich people out there, they have always had everything they needed or wanted in life (for the most part). I don’t have dreams about taking trips to space, but I do have plenty of dreams and desires of being rich enough, so money wasn’t an issue in my life. I know they say the more money you have, the more problems that come with it. Well I have lived the life of a poor man for almost 4 decades now and the problems I have had to face in life hasn’t been a bowl of cherries. I would like to be given the opportunity to face those rich man’s problems and the ones that come with having a lot of money. I can’t even for one second see how any of those problems would even come close to the everyday problems and real life struggles I have today. So my dream is a simple one. I could make a million dollars last for the rest of my life. I actually figured it out to a smaller number and came up with 680,000 dollars. If I was given or won 680,000 dollars; then I would be able to do enough online work to put with my monthly interest I would earn on that sum of money and could sail through life a million times better than now! Guaranteed!
Now getting back to the trips to outer space. How much would you be willing to spend or what lengths would you go through, just to have the chance to make a trip to space one time? Instead of charging a price for a ticket to space, it looks like the private companies are posing these questions to the men and women, who really want to fly into space one day. The trips to space for common people is going to be a bidding war or work much like an auction does. The ones who have the biggest bank accounts, will be the ones getting those first seats into the dark and never-ending reaches of outer space. I don’t really have a problem with that. Obviously there is going to be a lot more people wanting to go; than these spaceships have the seating capacity for. So something would have been needed to make it a fair chance for all. Money does not equal power, so letting the ones willing to pay the most, is a fair way to choose passengers for space and using money would be in the best interest of these private flights to space companies.
I do look forward to seeing average people making these trips to space. I know most of us should see at least one person we know, go to space in our lifetimes. It’s going to be that common, where a conversation will take place at the water cooler and each employee will have known a neighbor, a relative, a former employee, a friend, or someone who has signed up and taken one of these private trips, toward the stars of the pitch dark sky, which we simply know as outer space. As far as we know, this is truly man’s last frontier…