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07 December 2009 @ 08:18 pm
David's Space Travel Wish List  
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In honor of today's unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, the first commercial spacecraft, here's a wish list I've held in my head for some years:

  1. Actual stay in orbit (e.g. via Soyuz to ISS - $35,000,000)
  2. Simulated Mars mission (e.g. FMARS - cost unknown, substantial time commitment)
  3. Sub-orbital flight (e.g. Virgin Galactic - $200,000)
  4. Zero-G experience (e.g. ride on the Vomit Comit - $5000)
  5. Simulated astronaut training (e.g. Space Camp - $500-900)
  6. Zeppelin ride (e.g. Airship Ventures - $200-500)
Kate: Unispherekateyule on December 8th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
This is so cool. And not just because it makes the zeppelin look like a bargain. It is awesome that these optiosn even EXIST--for somebody, anyway.
angharaanghara on December 8th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
If I had teh $200K I'd be on that spacecraft like a shot...

The only reason I'm a little less enthusiastic about ZeroG than I could be is that I'm afraid I'd utterly disgrace myself with uncontrollable vertigo and nausea...
Tomvoidampersand on December 8th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
My wish list is basically to see a shuttle launch while they are still doing them. I guess that would be roughly $1000 for airfare and motel and waiting around for the launch to actually happen.

What I already did is work for NASA, including testing 1% and 1/3 scale working models of the shuttle. And they paid me. Not much, of course, but it was a while ago and I was young.
Twilighttwilight2000 on December 8th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
What a very cool list! in part, as anghara says because it make a Zeppelin ride look like such a bargain ;>.

I may have to add your numbers 5 & 6 to my list of Holiday wishes :>.
threeoutsidethreeoutside on December 8th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, *yearn*. Looks like the Zeppelin ride and the Space Camp are the only ones remotely within my grasp. The latter, though, for what I think is an odd reason: My credit card "reward" points have accumulated to the point where I could get both the airfare down to FL and back, and the space camp, free. However, I was put off because the rewards site says it's an all-day "experience" while the space camp web site says half a day. Hmm...what ELSE are they fudging on, those suspicious credit card reward point people...? I'm still seriously entertaining the idea, though. All I'd have to pay for is lodging and meals...
richardthe23rdrichardthe23rd on December 8th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
You've left out pulling a Gene Roddenberry and having your ashes hauled.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 8th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Not on my list. Does me no good and costs my heirs plenty. Why bother?
VanderVeckenxthread on December 12th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh, they've dropped the prices on the Zeppelin Rides!
hilmasdottyr on December 26th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
Simulated Mars mission (e.g. FMARS - cost unknown, substantial time commitment)
Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) costs: $1,000 + travel expenses
time: 2 weeks, plus travel
plus preparation and wrapping up (e.g. lectures about your experience)
David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 26th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Simulated Mars mission (e.g. FMARS - cost unknown, substantial time commitment)
Curtis C. Chensparckl on December 29th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
I've done #5 and #4, and IMHO, if you can spare the time and the money, they are both 100% totally worth it.