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    Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    Following the fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo, what are your thoughts on space tourism?
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    Look at the early aircraft......zeplins, the early planes etc.....compare them to what we have today.

    You got to task risks to advance.
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    thousands have died in car accidents - we still use them.

    thousands have died on boats - we still use them

    thousands have died in aeroplanes - we still use them

    a handful of people have died in spacecraft - "oh no, theyre dangerous, ban them, they're dangerous, don't use them" + mass panic and hysteria.


    so yeah... what shiathis said.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    There's a finite amount of stored energy in the world. Setting fire to huge amounts of it just for short-lived jollies seems irresponsible, so it's worth the risk but not worth the waste.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    No, not any more. I've asked for a refund on my ticket.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    of course it is worth the risk, not least because it is not our place to intervene in what [we] might consider too risky a venture.

    the risk to us is a one a billion chance of the wreckage of space-ship two landing on my [individual] house, not accidentally opening a wormhole that will engulf mankind!
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    If I could afford it, I'd be all over it.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    is living worth the risk ?

    It is personal question, some of us will go for it even if the wont come back (MARS ONE) some one else dont.

    It is all personal.

    Will i go for it if i could afford? I think yes.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    For me, no, but I'm not interested. But i ride a motorbike which is riskier than sitting in a 4 wheeled mobile box which is riskier than sitting 3m underground in a bunker permanently. If people want to pay for it, what gives anyone else the right to stop them?

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    I look at it this way - in the last year or so, over 700 people have perished flying the same airline, on 2 flights, all while on vacation. Multiple thousands have perished on US roads alone this year, and this year isn't over. Statistically, a lot of people will, sadly, die between now and January 1st, on the roads. Those numbers are orders of magnitude greater than the sum of all space related deaths since the late 50's combined.

    So, truth be told, I have a lot more faith in Mr. Branson's space craft than I do the average driver anywhere. Perhaps not as much faith in his hair stylist, but that's a different topic...

    Also, somewhat sadly, I'll likely be dead long before there's actual space tourism, and also before I have $200k to spend on the joy ride. But if I did - what a rush.
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    its time we move to new levels, NO FEAR!

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    Yes, for two reasons:

    1. To help us improve our narrow perspective through the overview effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgA6y4hpEL0

    2. The inspiration provided by new business venturing into space is invaluable for our current generation. The more people that aspire to be a part of that venture the more likely we are to progress with it and benefit from new technology developed for it in our daily lives.

    So no, one crash does not make the risk too high and neither would more crashes.

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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    I think its a bit harsh to call it space tourism at this point. Everyone involved at this stage of the process is a pioneer. Yes there is a commercial aspect to the venture, but as the Russians are using decades old craft and the US have all but abandoned any interest in NASA (republicans back in, expect NASA funding cuts again and Defence rises, and another war), then it is up to civillians and corporations to pony up and seek new ways forward.
    I doubt very much that Branson's or anyone elses final goal in this is to make a fast buck off of rich folks with nothing else to spend their money on. The world has been explored and the next great step forward is off the planet, these are just the first tentative steps on a very long journey.

    As to the rest of the question. There were no innocent (poor choice of words here, substitute would be appreciated) casualties. Both pilots were very aware of the risks in what they were attempting and as far as i am aware the craft was destroyed well away from populated areas. So to the people involved it was very worth the risk, and they are the only ones whose opinion matters. Noone is being forced into it.

    Saying that, it was tragic.
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    on a side note, perhaps we should be looking elsewhere for a solution as North Korea have reportedly landed a man on the sun
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    space tourism ..no ..but then again they really don't go into space they skirt it
    but for the conquest of space yes .. we need to go further ..
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    Re: Features - QOTW: Is space tourism worth the risk?

    Getting into space has always been somewhat hazardous! Tell that to the little Chinese chap "Wan Hu, Ming dynasty (16th century)", who attached a load of rockets to his chair! No one ever saw him again!

    Space travel will always be risky venture whether you are a tourist or an proper astronaut. Too many things(human error,radiation)/systems to go wrong!

    Beam me up scotty! Oops! Check Sum Error! Didn't need that part of my body anyway!

    Yes, I would take the risk and go into space, if the money was there!

    I might require a large supply of adult nappies though!


    I've just had a thought! The Virgin sub orbital flight would make a very good Hexus competition prize! if the budget could stretch to it!!!!!!!!!!
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