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Is Space Tourism the Future of the Travel Industry? Jeff Bezos Thinks So

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS spaceship. Virgin Galactic, headed by Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, hopes to offer commercial trips to space in the future. Credit: RocketBreaks/Twitter

The new London-based travel agency RocketBreaks aims to be the go-to resource for those seeking the luxury and adventure of commercial space tourism.

The development of cutting-edge spaceship technology from companies like Virgin Galactic, combined with the rabid interest of billionaires like Jeff Bezos, have opened the gates to the dawn of commercial space travel, and with it, the space travel tourist industry.

RocketBreaks offers a package that may remind you of the familiar all-inclusives provided for tourists visiting remote foreign countries: they arrange your flights, living quarters, and dining.

Their service is indeed modeled after the familiar terrestrial tourist experience, but with adaptations for outer space: as well as all of the aforementioned amenities, they also train guests in how to handle the climate of space, as well as offering day trips into space and thrilling zero-gravity experiences.

The company Orion Span plans to open the Aurora Station hotel, a destination where RocketBreaks will also book prospective space tourists to stay. The hotel will orbit Earth for periods of 12 days, carrying four travelers and two crew members.

If you are serious about taking the trip of a lifetime in the most foreign of landscapes, you will have to prove you are physically up to the task.

RocketBreaks requires you train beforehand, at one of their partner’s training centers, in order to be ready to face the challenges of being in space. Once you are physically prepared for the trip, you can add your name to the waitlist of those interested in commercial space travel.

But don’t be surprised if the list is star-studded.

Jeff Bezos will launch space tourism next month

If the prospect of visiting outer space for your next adventure sounds enticing to you, you’re not alone. Some of the world’s leading businessmen and biggest names in technology are vying for the chance to either play a role in the creation of the technology for outer space tourism, or become space tourists themselves.

In the case of the Amazon CEO and world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, those two desires will become a reality next month as he ventures into space with brother Mark Bezos in the “New Shepard” rocket he developed with his space exploration firm “Blue Origin.”

The New Shepard program is named after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go into space.

“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend,” Bezos wrote on Instagram.

He added: “To see the earth from space — it changes you.”

The Bezos brothers, one auction winner who paid $28 million for the privilege, and a fourth person will become the first crew aboard the reusable rocket for its 11-minute voyage into space.

Bezos, along with Richard Branson with his Virgin Galactic, wants to expand space tourism, a vision that stands in stark contrast to Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO has long touted his goal to make humanity into a multi-planetary species. This would start with a city on Mars by the year 2050.

The Bezos brothers, one auction winner who paid $28 million for the privilege, and a fourth person will become the first crew aboard the reusable rocket for its 11-minute voyage into space.

Bezos, along with Richard Branson with his Virgin Galactic, wants to expand space tourism, a vision that stands in stark contrast to Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO has long touted his goal to make humanity into a multi-planetary species. This would start with a city on Mars by the year 2050.

Petitions for Bezos to stay away from Earth

His astonishing wealth has created a lot of admirers — but there also many who dislike him. As soon as he announced his intention to fly to space, at least two petitions were launched to try and prevent the billionaire’s re-entry to Earth that have both garnered thousands of followers.

More than 37,000 people have signed one Change.org petition titled: “Do not allow Jeff Bezos to return to Earth.”

“Billionaire’s (sic) should not exist…on earth, or in space, but should they decide the latter they should stay there,” the petition’s description said.

Another petition, called “Petition To Not Allow Jeff Bezos Re-Entry To Earth,” has accumulated more than 19,000 signatures and is quickly gaining traction.

Jose Ortiz, who set up the petition, said in the description that Bezos is “an evil overlord hellbent on global domination.”

“The fate of humanity is in your hands,” Ortiz added.

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