Space Tourism: Going to Space for Fun or Business, but Not Science
Mostly for the rich right now.
From around the '90s, you could theoretically hop on a space plane/capsule/ship and hit the skies (and beyond), but it would run you around 20 to 30 million dollars. That's not something rich people could do, that's something ultra-super-Bill-Gates-ish rich people could maybe do. However, the game is slowly changing, albeit not amazingly quickly. Virgin Galactic is shooting to make suborbital flight (pretty much space) a reality for as little $220,000. Not exactly chump change, but it certainly beats the old price tag-- literally by 100 times. Hopefully, we will see that drop another 100x in the next years which will put as at space flight for a mere $2,000, something that many even in the middle class could afford.
• Pft, these rich Russians and their space tourism, I was born and raised in space.
• I am looking to start a space hotel as soon as space tourism picks up.
• The annoying thing about space tourism is that it's so centered around Space Times Square.