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Would you do it? Flight to space

If you were invited and the flight was paid for, would you go up in space on Virgin Galactic? Just wondering. I would if I was younger and had no health problems.

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I have smaller aspirations. Right now, I'd just like to go to France and Spain. . . .

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7872 posts

Absolutely positively… hell no. lol.

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3861 posts

Are there quaint little towns? beautiful cathedrals? wineries? ocean coastlines? mountain summits? Roman ruins? olive groves? Hard no.

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2452 posts

Not younger many health problems. Years remaining? So my answer - hell yeah🌅!

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3747 posts

Would I have to pack light? LOL!

My husband would love to do it. I’m happier in the settings Jules described.

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254 posts

With the Challenger disaster engraved on my memory, I would say no. There's still so much of this world I haven’t seen yet. I will happily stay earthbound.

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2887 posts

And you thought economy seats were uncomfortable? Um, no thanks.

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181 posts

I live in Las Cruces, NM so there is a lot of excitement with Richard Branson and his entourage staying in several hotels here right now. Good for the area and lots of coverage on the news. We are just watching like everyone else, and wondering if a lot of people here will drive as close as possible to the Spaceport area to try to see. Meanwhile, I just started planning a couple of possible itineraries to Europe in 2022!!!

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4681 posts

No I am too young to consider it. If I were nearer my mum’s age, I may give it more consideration.

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5634 posts

Hmmm... think I will just visit the Star Wars ride at Disneyland. Or maybe they will come up with a new "Soaring" experience. Don't think Medicare will cover me on a space flight.

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6697 posts

Oh yeah, I'd do it. Once in a lifetime experience.

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21160 posts

Without question, I would do it. Risk assessment is always relative. And I think your background, previous experience, sets your risk tolerance and the trade-offs/concussions you are willing to make. I am out of the V Nam era Army -- that was risky. Everything else seems pretty tame.

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I would not. And as one who screams like a baby on roller coasters, no one would want me on their space plane. :) However, I am glad there are those excited and daring enough to go. And since this is the Rick Steves' forum, I do wonder ..... do you think Rick would??

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7872 posts

“The Ego Has Landed.”

Brilliant.

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25560 posts

you call that a flight to space? Never got to space. Went up quite far and back (safely) but according to international agreement never got to space.

Think how much that free PR would have cost.

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No thanks. I can barely talk myself into boarding a plane to Europe. I do it all the time because I really, really love being in Europe. But that far “into space”? No, thanks. But I do love reading about others who are doing it!

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I also remember the Challenger disaster well. Then add in the profit motive involved in furthering these types of flights and I’d be concerned that corners might be cut which could impact safety. The only way that I’d do this was if it was the only way to travel internationally. :-)

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4572 posts

Gunderson, you made my husband laugh out loud. Thank you.

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Heavens No! I don't have enough time to get through all of Europe. I can't spread my time that thinly!

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3894 posts

I am always fascinated by photos/video of earth from outer space (I used to watch the live feed of the space station going overhead). To see the curvature of the earth. I'd love to see a lightning storm from space, or the aurora, to see the continents from space - I would love to do it if it was a short trip - but I'd never want to be in space for weeks at a time, even days at a time, but a few hours would be amazing.

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what a coincidence - they announced today a huge stock issue - what a coincidence

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No. My joy for travel is about visiting different parts of the world enveloping myself in the local culture and spending time with friends from all over the world. Travel for me is about connecting with people — not further profits for Richard Branson.

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706 posts

Oh, I totally get it about wanting to travel a bit closer to home, but I have always been intrigued with the idea of looking at earth 🌎 from way high up. We have a beautiful planet, won’t you agree?

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Just think -- an entire trip consisting of the part of travel most of us try to sleep through.