Sunday, March 19, 2006

"Galactic" Tourists

Associated Press 13:41 PM Mar, 19, 2006 EST:

Galactic Tourists Pony Up To Ride

Two years after the first privately financed space flight jumpstarted a sleepy industry, more than a dozen companies are developing rocket planes to ferry ordinary rich people out of the atmosphere.... Unlike the Cold War space race between the United States and Soviet Union that sent satellites into orbit and astronauts to the moon, this competition is bankrolled by entrepreneurs whose competition could one day make a blast into space cheap enough for the average Joe.

I'm not an "ordinary rich person" (I'm not rich at all!), but I certainly am an average Joe Jane. I mean that in the best way possible. Sign me up.

Update: Bede just finished reading The Forever War, and said to me, "You're not allowed to travel at relativistic speeds." When I was little, my mother said that I wasn't allowed to travel into outer space.

I suspect a conspiracy.


HitManJ said...

I might have to get in on a time-share in space. I won't be able to afford a full-out space vacation home.

Nonny said...

OMG, that picture is hilarious and so appropriate for you :)

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Whee! I think we all need timeshares in space.

Lone Star Ma said...

Me, too. Were I younger and not unable to function without oceans, I think I would make a first-rate colonist, too.

Lone Star Pa has a similar conspiracy, though. He has often told the Lone Star Girl that she may not ever leave the Earth's atmosphere (because Earth needs her here). I keep telling him to stop that because he does not fully realize that it really upsets her. She often thinks up various ideas of what she wants to be when she grows up, but ever since she was in Kindergarten, she has spent at least 6 out of every 12 months planning to be a terraforrmer.