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Lesson 16 - Future
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Review of Key Words

scenic
tourist
multimillionaire   
research
manage
payload
congressmen
garner
support
shuttle

passenger
orbit
spacecraft
atmospheric   
optional
inflatable
habitat
cargo bay 
reasonable
level

 

Space Tourism

How does a vacation on Mars sound? How about a scenic flight past Saturn? Space tourism sounds like a thing of the future but it's already happening today. The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, an American multimillionaire, who in 2001 paid 20 million dollars in for an 8-day stay on the International space station.

The cost for the space tourists is usually between 20 and 35 million dollars so you'd better start saving now. Many of the space tourists bring the cost down by signing up to do research activities while they're in space. Most of the opportunities for space tourism have come from the Russians, but the Americans have allowed non-government representatives from companies to manage their payloads in space. Also, two congressmen have flown on space missions to garner congressional support for the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) space program.

Only a few companies are currently involved in space tourism. SpaceX is a private U.S. company which has developed its own rockets that may someday shuttle passengers to space stations in orbit. In May of 2012, SpaceX became the first private company to send a spacecraft to the space station when their Falcon 9 rocket carried a payload in its Dragon capsule.

Space Adventures is an American company that works with the Russian Federal Space Agency to provide seats on Russian space missions for paying passengers. They offer atomospheric and orbital flights with an optional spacewalk. In the future they may even offer trips to the moon for $100,000,000.

Excalibur Almaz is another company that is planning on offering moon trips in the future. Other companies have even experimented with inflatable space habitats that may develop into space hotels in the future. To get to these space hotels, Rockwell International has developed an experimental passenger cabin that can go in the cargo bay of the space shuttle. It can carry up to 74 passengers.

Space tourism is expected to expand in the future but it'll take a while for the price to come down to a reasonable level. Unless you're a multimillionaire, you'll have to find a vacation destination down here on Earth.

Instructions
Which of the following statements are true? (Select three.)

1. Space tourism is already happening now.

2. Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, went on a trip to the moon.

3. Space tourism is very expensive.

4. There may be space hotels in the future.

5. Space Adventures works with NASA, the American space program, to fly paying space tourists to the space station.

  

         

 

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Would you like to travel in space? Why? Where would you go? Write on a paper or on our blog.

 

 

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