Space tourism is the way for humans to visit the cosmos for recreational purposes. There are several different types of space tourism, including orbital, suborbital, and lunar space tourism.
Space tourism is recreational space travel, either on established government-owned vehicles such as the Russian Soyuz and the International Space Station (ISS) or on vehicles fielded by private companies. Since the flight of the world’s first space tourist, American businessman Dennis Tito, on April 28, 2001, space tourism has gained new prominence as more suborbital and orbital tourism opportunities have become available.
What is the concept of space tourism?
Space tourism is another vocation segment of the aviation industry that seeks to give tourists the ability to become astronauts and experience space travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes.
Dennis Anthony Tito (born August 8, 1940) is an American engineer and entrepreneur. In mid-2001, he became the first space tourist to sponsor his own trip into space, where he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station. This mission was set in motion by the Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft and landed by the Soyuz TM-31.
Tito was born in Queens, New York. He graduated from Forest Hills High School in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautics and Aeronautics from New York University, 1962, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s satellite campus in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a Psi Upsilon member who received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 18, 2002, and is a former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist.
In 1972, he moved from astronautics to finance when he helped found the American investment firm Wilshire Associates and created the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Composite Index, a measure of U.S. securities markets. He is credited with having innovated the now-established use of mathematical tools, taken from his work in astronautics, to determine
financial market risks.
When Tito embarked on his history-making trip in 2001, he was working in finance, but he started his career in aeronautics and astronautics.
Tito had been fascinated by space ever since he was a kid, and he reckoned he was paving the way for a space sojourn even then.
How it Started
On April 30, 2001, Tito, then 60, accomplished a lifelong dream of his when he arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz rocket. The trip cost him $20 million, but reflecting on the moment two decades later, Tito still feels the experience was worth every penny.
“The pencils started floating in the air, and I could see the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth,” he told CNN Travel. “I was euphoric. “I mean, it was the greatest moment of my life, to achieve a life objective, and I knew then that nothing could ever beat this.”
Eventually, on April 28, 2001, Tito took off on his journey to the ISS with two Russian cosmonauts by his side. They arrived at the station two days later.
“I just enjoyed looking out the window, videoing the Earth, the portholes, and the station. It was just wonderful,” Tito told CNN Travel. “It was just what I expected—the best I expected multiplied by ten.” “It was the best experience of my whole life, those eight days.”
Though only a handful of other ultra-wealthy people have managed to pay their way onto a space mission since Tito first paved the way, he is keeping an eye on the industry’s development, hoping more people will get to experience what he did.
His experience tells us that the outer world is amazing. The galactical view is expensive but phenomenal.
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