Starship is Bringing Space Tourism and Colonization Closer.
Traveling into the great unknown that is the universe has long been part of science fiction. The human race has been dreaming of reaching beyond the sky for hundreds of years. That dream is now closer than ever as Elon Musk unveiled a new spacecraft, Starship, capable of carrying up to 100 people. Not only is it a powerhouse but it is also reusable as Musk envisioned it to be. Furthermore, it is also configurable to ship cargo instead of passengers.
Starship will be the vessel that will be carrying Yusaku Maezawa. He is a billionaire who owns and operates an online fashion mall named zozotown since 1998. He invested in the research and development of Starship. It is an important leap towards space tourism. It is an untapped industry that could boom in the next few decades. Space tourism is the idea that people come into space for recreation and enjoyment. Space travel has often only been limited to science and utility. Orion Span is a company that is taking the hotel industry into the stars. By 2021 they plan to have a private space station in low Earth orbit. The plan is to host its first guests by 2022. Another company engaging in space tourism has also sold tickets publicly for space. According to Wired, Virgin Galactic has sold 700 tickets with a price ranging from $200,000 to $250,000. It takes passengers up into space for a short flight. It may not be as glamorous as a space hotel, but it still is a great experience to feel zero gravity. SpaceX however, has not sold tickets to the public, but Musk has announced that moving to Mars could cost as much as $500,000 in the future.
That brings us back to Musk’s plans of bringing people into Mars. In the year 2022 SpaceX plans to send two unmanned vessels to Mars. Most likely supplies and equipment to build a permanent colony on the red planet. In 2024 two of the first manned vessels will be on their voyage to the red planet alongside two other cargo vessels.Technology is catching up to the dreams of space travel. However, some argue that we should focus on keeping Earth alive before we seek inhabiting new planets. According to the Guardian, there are some cases against Mars. Contamination is one problem that has to be addressed. Humans carry with them millions of microorganisms in and out of them. It could spell disaster for the search of extraterrestrial life. Scientists may mistake invasive organisms for actual martian life. Sending Robots would minimize the risk of contamination with the added benefit of the nonexistent need for food and water. Some say that the money going into the development of projects like these should instead go to projects improving Earth. An example would be renewable energy resources, protecting the environment, and much more. However, these arguments probably will not slow down the advent of space tourism and colonization.
We’ve talked about shelter and housing on Mars would work. An average suburban home would definitely not work on other planet’s fierce environments. Homes on mars will be very different from those here. From hexagon enclosures to domes made out of water it gets really wild out on the red planet.
SpaceX and other companies have been developing and testing spacecraft technology for a while and within this century it is not only possible for one to take a trip into space, but also to relocate and start a new life on another planet.
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