When Apolo 11 first landed on the moon in July 1969, the whole world was watching. As Neil Armstrong said, it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Just 8 years before, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launching into orbit on the Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft. Many other astronauts have followed suit, with “space sailing” becoming one of the most desirable professions in the world (pun intended.)
You may have daydreamed about going to space. If you have your sights set on experiencing the vast universe without going through the arduous training process to be an astronaut, all hope is not lost. Your answer comes in the form of space tourism – which NASA has predicted will be made affordable in 10 years.
We’re being dead serious, you can go to space as a tourist. With the first private company, Moon Express, being granted permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit and land on the moon, it has been proven that space tourism is no longer an outlandish concept. After all, no mountain is too high to conquer, and no place is too far to venture – not even space. If you’re looking to go on an out-of-this-world vacation, check out these companies that might soon be able to launch you to the moon and back.
(Main image credit: Moon Express)