In our lesson on Monday, we learnt about Space Tourism and how Richard Branson ,who runs Virgin, has built a company to fly others into space for fun. There was a discussion in our class about whether this should be banned or not.
Firstly, I believe that there are many reasons for both possibilities. The first reason why it should not be banned is that it is very exciting for members of the public. Although this may seem like a bad arguement, people who are happier are 20% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. Therefore, if people are to go on this trip or look forward to going on this trip, they will be better at work which can be vital for jobs like Surgeons or prosecutors.
Another reason for why this is good is that people become interested in space again. This is important to space exploration because more people will aspire to be astronauts - which will help to explore space quicker and easier. Therefore, space tourism should not be banned as it increases interest in space exploration.
However, there are several reasons why space tourism should be banned. Firstly, it makes a gap between the rich and the poor. It is extremely expensive to be passeneger upon one of these flights - £250,000 for a 90 minute flight. Therefore, it creates a gap between people who can afford it and people who can't. This is because ,if you put it into perspective, you are now having to pay to go somewhere that no one owns.
Another negative is that it is a very dangerous situation. If the plane were to crash from that height and that speed, it could injure many people on the ground - as well as people in the plane. By using space tourism, it is putting many people's lives in danger. Therefore, space tourism should be banned because it is a danger to the public.
In conclusion, there are several reasons why it should be banned and several reasons why it shouldn't be banned. However, in my opinion, I believe it should be banned because it is very dangerous and it could cause a rift between the richer and the poorer. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section
Information found at: https://productivitytheory.com/10-statistics-that-show-happier-employees-are-more-productive/