We had a great February meeting where we had a number of new people attend. The focus was on Space Tourism – Private citizens paying to go to space.
The Economist predicts that 2018 will be a transformational year for Space Tourism. There are seven people that have paid to travel to the International Space Station, all facilitated by Space Adventures.
- Dennis Tito
- Mark Shuttleworth
- Gregory Olsen
- Anousheh Ansari
- Charles Simonyi
- Richard Garriott
- Guy Laliberté
Attendees were given several questions to answer:
- How many private citizens have gone to the international space station?
- Who was the first one?
- Who was the last one?
- Who went twice?
- Which ones live in Texas?
- How many were men? How many women?
- How many Americans?
There was a description of each space tourist around the meeting area to help answer these questions.
We also had pizza. (Papa John’s this time 🙂 )
We had a brief presentation on space tourism:
We also discussed how Space for Humanity (http://www.SpaceForHumanity.org) is offering the opportunity for 18+ every-day citizens to go on such flights.
We talked about the High School Astronaut program to sponsor one high school student to go on a zero g flight in September:
Read the latest news stories on Space.com: https://www.space.com/topics/space-tourism
Wikipedia has a great article about Space Tourism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_tourism
SpaceX plans to send two tourist around the moon: http://www.spacex.com/news/2017/02/27/spacex-send-privately-crewed-dragon-spacecraft-beyond-moon-next-year