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    Dana Ferrante is production manager for BU Today, The Brink, and Bostonia, and produces BU Today’s award-winning, biweekly podcast Question of the Week. She is also a Metropolitan College MLA candidate in gastronomy, and can be reached at dferr@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 2 comments on With Space Tourism a Reality, Will Civilians Travel to Space? And When?

  1. Excellent interview and conversation with an expert who experienced all the pre-orbital stress tests. Like many I was mesmerized with the successful launch and landing of normal ‘Astro-humans’.

  2. Space tourism is a concept that reminds me of the 80s… and I was not even alive then. From my 80s–Back to the Future–self I am excited at this concept. However, from my 2021 environmentalist self, the concept bothers me. We are living in a struggling climate (and not just the environment) where some of the richest people are allowed to visit space for fun, while people are working minimum wage jobs to provide for their family… and not even making enough. We are living in a climate that is suffocating from the anthropogenic greenhouse gas pollution that we have been releasing and, yet, instead of dedicating the funding, research, and time on trying to solve this crisis (that is still very much in need of it), some are focusing on making space tourism a reality. Tourism is not a necessity in the way that physical security is.
    I understand the need for science and am in no way attempting to speak negatively about Majd Mayyasi, because the study of space is important! I am specifically talking about using the funding and time to make space into a tourist trap instead of trying to remediate some of humanity’s own disastrous impacts on Earth.
    Overall, I agree, I bet leisurely traveling to space would be amazing, but not until the issues that we face on Earth are addressed, especially those around equity (in all realms… environmental, income, etc).

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