“Yes, they should”- says astronaut Scott Parazynski. There have been about 515 human beings that have seen their planet from space and every single one of them states that the experience changes your life forever. With NASA Shuttle Program closing the future of human space travel has been turned over to the private companies. The most prominent of them are SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Boeing. This makes a possibility of going up in space quite attainable for everybody. As a matter of fact, there is a contest that was announced in celebration of Seattle’s Space Needle that one can enter and win a chance to go into suborbit. Space Adventures Company will be responsible for designing a vehicle to take the winner of the Space Needle contest into space. The estimated price of the vehicle is $110,000. You can find the details on how to register here.
More importantly, if you were one of the lucky few, what would you see?
You can see on planet Earth is the sunrise or sunset which happens 16 times a day when you’re going around the Earth at 17,500 miles an hour, one orbit every 90 minutes, so half of that time you’re in sunlight and half you’re in darkness.
You see the sun rise from behind the earth and the full spectrum of light.
You come to realize that we are much closer to both our friends and those we call enemies than we think we are and humanity might be better served if we realized that, in the end, we’re all neighbors and perhaps, more importantly, members of the same human family.
While romantic phrases like the endless oceans sound nice on paper, the Earth is a very finite and relatively small world and the things we do have the power to affect it profoundly.
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