“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for yesterday’s dream is today hope and tomorrow’s reality”
– Robert Goddard
Over the course of human history there has always been a strong drive to explore and travel to new and exciting places. Humanity is bound to reach its limits on Earth soon as the largest percentage of it has been explored and the remaining challenges and destinations are known. So what’s next destination? Since the beginning of civilisation human being has immense curiosity to explore secrets of space. They always had great desire to fly in the sky like a bird and travel into deep space. Several authors have been revealed their space fantasy on their books. This became reality on April 12, 1961, when the first man stepped into the space. It was the remarkable achievement for humanity. But apparently from last six to seven decades space exploration were only for scientific purposes. Space travel for recreation purpose was not existence before sixties because space exploration was in tender age. However, humanity was always longing for space travel and to know secrets of space. Surprisingly, the idea of “space travel for recreational purpose” first time introduced by enthusiasts Ehricke and Barron Hilton in 19671. Since than, there was no made any ground endeavour to make space tourism reality. This is because, space was the strictly within the domain of government funded national agencies and professional astronauts. Meanwhile, conceptually space tourism was firmly growing in academic and scientific research work. At the beginning of 21st Century Mr. Dennis Tito became the first space tourist has entered the International Space Station in 2001 at a ticket price of 20 million dollar2. When space tourism became reality one big question raised, that was “what the main attractions of space tourism, why people would like to travel into space?.
Cite this article:
Shyam Narayan Singh. Space Tourism: Adventures beyond Earth Atmosphere. Int. J. Ad. Social Sciences 2(1): Jan. –Mar., 2014; Page 20-21.