Space travel is more about the journey than the destination. Come to think of it, there isn’t really a destination. Not yet. Which is why the experience on the journey is bound to take it to the next level when it comes to travel delights. While presently a trip on the Virgin Galactic craft could set you back a massive £170,000 ($244k), there is a very strong chance that within the next twenty years, the prices could slash down to as low as £7,000 ($10k). That is actually lower than the price of the current day first class ticket. This estimation is the fruit of analysis done by a veteran astronaut, Dr. Donald Thomas. He was instrumental in the Columbia and Discovery shuttle missions.
‘I expect that in the next couple of years Virgin Galactic will begin their sub-orbital space excursions, allowing tourists the chance to see the Earth from 85 miles up, viewing the curvature of the Earth and the total blackness of the sky in space,’ said Dr. Thomas.
2030 may seem too far away but not in terms of space travel. For those who aren’t ultra-rich, the decade and a half wait could be well worth the patience. It is now up to Virgin Galactic and SpaceX to make this a reality. Presently, tickets for the space mission have already been sold to 700-odd super-rich and super-famous folk.
[ Via : Metro ]