This kind of makes sense, but the number of billionaires aiming to flee the planet is bordering on hilarious, with the likes of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos among the most prominent of the mega-rich attempting to make a quick exit into space.
But right now, we’re not talking about celebrity billionaires (or the two richest people on Earth). Apparently, ordinary people can now travel to the stratosphere if they have $125,000 to spare. Space Perspective is a new startup that offers “luxury” trips to space. The voyage, which promises a “comfortable” and “leisurely” ascent, takes six hours in total and brings passengers 20 miles above the Earth for a “life-changing” experience.
Their website states the following:
“The most breathtaking six hours of your life: To gaze upon Earth from space – to take in the astounding views and vivid colors –is an unforgettable spectacle that astronauts call life-altering. We have reimagined space travel. Instead of rocketing away from the Earth at high velocity, you ascend on a gentle, yet thrilling journey and look back at our planet from an entirely new perspective.”
The balloon, which is the size of a football stadium, can accommodate up to eight people, who will be able to relax in luxurious seats while “experiencing the wonder-filled growth of human consciousness,” according to Space Perspective. ”Looking down on Earth from orbit – taking in the breathtaking scenery and vibrant colors – is a memorable experience that astronauts describe as life-changing.”
Because passengers won’t feel weightlessness throughout the voyage, they will be able to drink from the ship’s fully stocked bar and use the bathroom as usual, as well as wear whatever they choose, including a wedding gown. I think we can start hearing wedding bells already.
Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, a husband-and-wife team who have worked as technical advisors to Musk on human space flight, are the people behind Space Perspective. They met while participating in Biosphere 2, an experiment in the early 1990s that looked into the possibility of humans living in space. They lived in a pretentious greenhouse set up for entirely self-sustained life for two years in the Arizona desert with six people in order to see what it would be like to set up a commune on Mars.
In a recent Instagram post, the company shared: “To the next generation of dreamers. If we can do this, imagine what you can do?”
Space Perspective is launching its first flights from the Kennedy Space Center in 2024. Book your flight on Space Perspective now or start that savings fund ASAP.
Photo via Space Perspective