Should Space Tourism be banned?

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/

https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/what-advantages-disadvantages-space-tourism-575489

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/09/richard-branson-virgin-galactic-go-public

Comments (76)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    06 Nov 2019

    Thank you for sharing these reflections from your lesson. You've given four reasons here - could you work out which is the strongest and which is the weakest and say why? For example, the point about productivity and being happier may only be true for a very small number of people, and so could be seen as a weaker point.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_chocolate | Graveney School
    06 Nov 2019

    I think that space tourism is a bad idea as we would spend allot of money on one trip when we could spend it on more useful purposes such as improving our plastic problem. I also think that we shouldn't create space tourism as it is an optional experience whereas fixing our plastic crisis is much more urgent and crucial.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_penguin | Graveney School
    06 Nov 2019

    I do not support space tourism as I think the only benefit would be the profits and financial support of space tourism companies. I think with the issue of climate change rising, and our carbon footprint being so significant, we can not afford all the greenhouse gas from rockets to enter our atmosphere. In addition, if something went wrong all the tourists would not be trained as long as professionals. For these reasons, I think space travel should be rare and tourism is a bad idea.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg quickwitted_hurricane | Graveney School
    06 Nov 2019

    I feel that although being in space, even if you aren't an astronaut, would be a very interesting experience. We would be wasting our money polluting the planet, instead of saving it. Also, unless costs go down dramatically (but that seems highly unlikely, as the costs of sending one experienced astronaut into space cost so much that sending multiple unexperienced people up into orbit would cost so much more) not very many people would have the accessibility to leave the earths atmosphere.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg reliable_elderberry | New Horizons Children's Academy
    06 Nov 2019

    Space exploration should be banned because it has costed too much for people to explore and the chances of the ship losing fuel or breaking down are at a very high rate. This is a very risky task.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      reliable_elderberry's comment 06 Nov 2019

      What’s your evidence for this being a high chance?

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      1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg reliable_elderberry | New Horizons Children's Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 13 Nov 2019

        Space crafts are being tested as we speak. At any time anything can happen. We all fear the unknown. All lives are valuable as gold. Do the people want to be responsible for this cause. I look at this case as very risky, level red. I would like to know your response.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    06 Nov 2019

    You said that it could be dangerous if a rocket crashes as it would kill passengers and people on the ground but this is unlikely because currently our technology for making rockets and designing them is highly-advanced. In addition to this, it is not just for people who are rich: I think that once space tourism is established there will be opportunities for ordinary people to 'win' a place in competitions or maybe buy a ticket as the price will go down. This will mean that the line in between rich and poor people won't be as significant. Furthermore, space tourism could unite people as everybody is excited about the prospect of going into space and it might calm people.

    On what you said about paying to go somewhere no-one owns, Virgin isn't ripping you off by charging you money because it costs a lot of money to build and design the rocket so if they didn't charge you for it or did it for less, they would go bankrupt! So, in conclusion, we should carry on sending people to space as a holiday.

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    1. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
      succinct_leaves's comment 07 Nov 2019

      What about the footballer whose plane crashed ? Or cars crashing? Technology has advanced but it is still not perfect

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      1. Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
        honorable_conclusion's comment 09 Nov 2019

        Yes the footballers' plane did crash and cars have been known to crash but does this really happen regularly? And if it did then we humans would have wisened up a bit and banned these forms of transport or upgraded our technology.

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        1. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
          succinct_leaves's comment 12 Nov 2019

          Actually, nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. Technology is not perfect. Although cars are not rockets, this shows clearly that we have issues and it mistakes can happen.
          https://www.asirt.org/safe-travel/road-safety-facts/

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    pace travel is the thing that several young people may dream about at night; but is it really the sort of thing that we should be encouraging?

    There are some reasons that space travel shouldn't be encouraged:

    Every ten years Russia will spend ten trillion pounds on space travel.

    There is no price to be made for life and if the slightest thing goes wrong in the planning of space travel things can go very wrong.

    However there are some reasons why it should:

    Extra resources can be found on neighbouring planets that we can make use of.

    When our sun explodes I a lot of people would like to be on another planet (this isn't out of our grasp - one of Jupiter's moons: Europa is hopefully going to be landed on by NASA in around 20 years).

    Space holidays could bring a lot of money to the country or organisation who organises it first.

    There are several more reasons for each of these but I thought putting three examples on each would be a good idea. The reason I chose this debate was because it was previously held at school and some of these statistics were gathered from fellow pupils.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      busy_starfish's comment 08 Nov 2019

      Lots of reasons given here, busy_starfish. Which of these reasons is the strongest, in your opinion?

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      1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 15 Nov 2019

        In my opinion, it is:

        When our sun explodes I a lot of people would like to be on another planet (this isn't out of our grasp - one of Jupiter's moons: Europa is hopefully going to be landed on by NASA in around 20 years).

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    pace travel is the thing that several young people may dream about at night; but is it really the sort of thing that we should be encouraging?

    There are some reasons that space travel shouldn't be encouraged:

    Every ten years Russia will spend ten trillion pounds on space travel.

    There is no price to be made for life and if the slightest thing goes wrong in the planning of space travel things can go very wrong.

    However there are some reasons why it should:

    Extra resources can be found on neighbouring planets that we can make use of.

    When our sun explodes I a lot of people would like to be on another planet (this isn't out of our grasp - one of Jupiter's moons: Europa is hopefully going to be landed on by NASA in around 20 years).

    Space holidays could bring a lot of money to the country or organisation who organises it first.

    There are several more reasons for each of these but I thought putting three examples on each would be a good idea. The reason I chose this debate was because it was previously held at school and some of these statistics were gathered from fellow pupils.

    https://www.createdebate.com/debate/show/Should_Space_Travel_be_Banned

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_passionfruit | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    I think it should not be banned because it maybe dangerous but every thing is dangerous like plane crashes or ships that have been sunk like the Titanic or walking.People well get benorthits from space exploring such as NASA or other internationally space station or scientist so I think space exploring should not be banned.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg steady_harmonica | Highdown School
    08 Nov 2019

    Another issue with space travel being used as a capitalistic means to make money through tourism is the fact that we've already harmed the environment in space with space junk. As we grew more comfortable with space, we would likely end up with the same situation that we have here on Earth; the environment being irreparably damaged. While this seems like it may be far away, in reality, we've already had multiple warnings from leading experts in the field telling us that we may be stuck on Earth if we can't regulate the junk that is going up into the space surrounding Earth. Space tourism could be very harmful to the environment, and possibly end up setting us back in advances on space exploration.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      steady_harmonica's comment 08 Nov 2019

      A very reasonable answer, steady_harmonica!

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  • faithful_bird | Whyteleafe School B
    08 Nov 2019

    If somebody stole money they could go into space and comit crimes there and space crime could start. Also not everyone can afford it so it is not fair.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_memory | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    No but if people start to make a mess yes

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_signature | Phoenix Primary School
    08 Nov 2019

    Space tourism is human space travel for recreational purposes. There are several different types of space tourism, including orbital, suborbital and lunar space tourism. To date, orbital space tourism has been performed only by the Russian Space Agency.There are many different companies trying to make Space Tourism Reality and for the moment,it is only available for the wealthy

    Space X

    In September, Musk said for the moon trip,which is currently scheduled for a 2023 lauch, will most likely cost around $5 billion dollars (american currency) to develop but could run Space X as much as $10m dollars in total.Currently,Space X is an Company that has tickets available to be able to go into space.In total it will Cost $52m for a seat on a Space X rocket.

    VirginGalatic

    Virgin Galactic plans to start taking people to space on its SpaceShipTwo next year. The 90-minute flights cost $250,000 and passengers will experience a few minutes of weightlessness and be able to see the earth from space.In my opinion,This is a shocking price and is way too expensive for 90 minutes.I think it needs to be atleast 2 hours for 250,000 dollars.250,000 could be someone whole life savings and some wealthy person decides to spend it on going to space.They should atleast make it longer cause if you dont live in america you have to pay the ticket to go on a plane to america to.

    Blue Origin

    Blue Origin is a company that believed that they we're able to launch a rocket into space this year,whereas its almost the end of the year meaning they're past they're deadline and this could cause affect on their company.Coming back to a previous Space Tourism Company,SpaceX had been attempting to land rockets at sea since 2014, finally succeeding in 2016, before Blue Origin ever even built a sea-going platform to land rockets onto. ... In late 2016, Blue Origin announced the New Glenn, directly competing against SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, with a larger rocket but lower payload.I believe that Blue Origin will get the job done,whereas it could take years for it to happen.They are very successful but its just that it costs to much money for them and possibly could miss they're deadline again.

    Conclusion

    I personally believe that the Company with the highest chance of becoming a great space tourism company is VirginGalatic.Although its very very expensive it gets the job done with 1 hr and 30 minutes.I have some down sides to all of these companies though.It seperates the Rich from the Poor,These oppurtunites are very rare ill admit that but if lots of wealthy people start doing this they might raise the prices and all of the ''poor'' people will be left.This is my biggest downside to all of this.ITS DANGEROUS!!!!This is very fun and artistic but something could go wrong within moments of the launch-off,the passengers in the rocket are not trained or advanced,They might press a button or trigger something to cause the rocket to do something its not suppost to.Therefore i think all brands of Space Tourism should be offically banned unless they're is a company that has fully tested it and made sure its safe.

    -Admirable_Signature

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  • Hammond School logo interesting_beetle | Hammond Junior School F
    09 Nov 2019

    Is there any point going into space?

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo artistic_jackfruit | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    09 Nov 2019

    I agree; space tourism should be banned

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo amicable_cello | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    09 Nov 2019

    I think that space tourism shouldn't be banned because it gives people a chance to try something new and exciting and have a fun experience;however it cost a lot of money and it would be playing a part in climate change. Even if the money they make goes towards space exploration; exploring space is not a necessity but stopping or slowing down climate change is. So I think that it shouldn't be banned but they should find a more environmentally friendly way to explore.

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  • Bruche-logo-250x250.jpg fantastic_painting | Bruche Primary School
    09 Nov 2019

    no because you can get more smarter

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  • The Sherwood School curious_speech | The Sherwood School
    09 Nov 2019

    I think space tourism is not good because if you went to space with a space ship it might crash or they could be other failures.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    10 Nov 2019

    I think that space tourism is a very overrated idea in the sense that we should be spending the millions of dollars it takes to fund space travelling on actual necessities this planet needs like: helping the sick and the hungry in Africa, or the homeless by giving them places to stay and lives to live. Personally I think that we should help this planet first and make it a better one, and then focus on exploring others.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      incomparable_blueberry's comment 11 Nov 2019

      Very clearly expressed, incomparable_blueberry. Does this apply to all space exploration or just space tourism?

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      1. Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 11 Nov 2019

        I think this should be applied to a certain extent once we've 'fixed' our Earth, then it should be more than encouraged to explore space.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg patient_parrot | Noel Park Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    Although I can see why honorable_conclusion thinks that space tourism should be banned, I disagree. I actually think space tourism could benefit us all more than we realise. Here are a few reasons why:

    1. It will inspire a new generation of engineers. The idea of travelling into space for a holiday is incredibly exciting and I feel like lots of people will want to get involved in this. The possibility of being involved in something so amazing is sure to inspire young engineers all around the world.

    2. The cost of reaching space will go down. At the moment if you wanted to launch a satellite it would cost more than $12 million dollars. However, Virgin are saying that the cost of a flight into space would only be $250,000. If the next generation of space planes can reach orbit then that will massively reduce the cost of getting into space, which will mean that we are able to launch satellites and space exploration missions for a fraction of the cost.

    3. I read an article about hypersonic travel and space tourism could make this a reality. What this means is that if you wanted to take a flight from London to the USA, rather than it taking 8 or 9 hours, it might take only one because you’d be able to fly into space on the way. How cool is that?! Although this would be very expensive at the moment and very few people would want to spend $250,000 to fly to America, I believe that as technology advances, costs will go down.

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140408-six-reasons-space-tourism-matters

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      patient_parrot's comment 11 Nov 2019

      Well done for giving these reasons in such a clear way, patient_parrot. Which one of your three is the strongest?

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo entertaining_olive | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    I think space tourisam should be banned because people are spending lots of money so some people can go to space. All of this money can be used for more serious things. Also, all this money might get wasted as they might get stuck at space.

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  • Hillyfield School logo active_song | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    11 Nov 2019

    I agree space tourism should be banned because it’s extremely expensive at £250.000 for only a ninth minute flight. Also the space station could lose connection with the aircraft and people could die.I think it’s a waste of money that could go to a good cause. That would be unfair for the poorer people . In conclusion space tourism should be band in my opinion.

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    1. Hillyfield School logo fun_honeyberry | Hillyfield Primary Academy
      active_song's comment 13 Nov 2019

      I also agre with you because why whould we wast so much money

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    I think this should be banned because if it is for fun, what is the point? Also they are just tourists, so the person actually controlling the plane or rocket would know what they are doing. And although I agree that people who are happier are 20% more productive than their unhappy counterparts, some people who stay in Space for too long could experience side effects, for example loss of weight, growth, bone and muscle deterioration and more.

    But I also have some reasons that counter-attack my reasons why it should be banned.
    I think it should not be banned. Although it might ruin imaginations because what is the point in imagining something if you know what it looks like, they can then look at it from a different perspective or way; like a change of mind. Our class talked about this but overall in my opinion, I think it should be banned as like you said it makes a gap between the rich and poor. Does it matter? No. But is it fair?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      spirited_insect's comment 11 Nov 2019

      Could you tell us which of the arguments above is strongest and why?

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    I think the strongest reason is that was that it was for fun, but if it were for a purpose, like to give us more information about Space, I think that would be okay, so I think that this should be banned.

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    1. Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_concept | Pimlico Primary Academy
      spirited_insect's comment 11 Nov 2019

      Hi spirited_insect.
      I'm here talk to today to sadly disagree with your point. Not to disturb yout opinion but I'd like to tell you why I think it shouldnt be Banned.My reason is that I know some people just go into space for fun .
      But can't people have fun?
      However the risk of going into space is very severe and that is where I end up agreeing with you.Like losing weight or sometimes dislocating a bone.But look what good it gave us.We take risk but it ends up paying back. Look what we've discovered now a huge load of technology we would have never discovered if we never went into space.Thats why I think it was useful.Please don't take my comment as a threat to tell you that you are wrong because there is no wrong or right in this issue in my opinion.

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      1. Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
        appreciative_concept's comment 12 Nov 2019

        It is okay, and also you actually convinced me with your reasoning. I think you did a great job!

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg loyal_peach | Evelyn Street Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    I it should be banned because something might get damaged so i agree

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg illuminated_writer | Phoenix Primary School
    11 Nov 2019

    In my opinion, I think that space tourism should be banned because of the money cost and even I would not go to the space station to say I want to go to space because I don't want to waste 250,000 dollars or pounds just to go to space and I could spend the 250,000 on something else. And the space suit will be hot when you put it on and when you get into the rocket you will feel hot. I want space tourism to be banned because I would want to stay at home in my warm cosy bed instead os wasting 3 days just to get to the moon and 3 days to get back so that is why I think space tourism should be banned.

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    1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brave_grape | Noel Park Primary School
      illuminated_writer's comment 13 Nov 2019

      If you say you would rather stay at home but did you know that most of your stuff has been made from space .

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  • Pimlico-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_concept | Pimlico Primary Academy
    11 Nov 2019

    In my opinion,I think that space tourisim should not be banned.The reason I state this is because I know there is many things we could've used with money we used to go into space .
    But what's the problem?
    Why do you think in the negitive side like there's no tomorrow?
    Do we really wanna crush the dreams of youth?
    Is it nescerrary?
    There are also many things we got from space like: CAT scans which can save your life,scratch-resistant lenses which are really helpful since half the Earth's population wear glasses,artificial limbs which are useful for people who were born without a leg or had an accident,wireless headphones and many more!
    So tell me what's the fuss?
    Is that not enough to know that it was worthy?
    Well,Did you know that Velcro is made from space!?
    You've must have worn it once in your lifetime so far!If not?Scroll up to see if you know anything down!
    To conclude,I state that space tourisim shouldn't be banned.

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    1. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
      appreciative_concept's comment 12 Nov 2019

      Space tourism is different to researching space. They do not help discover CAT scans or artificial limbs

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy industrious_melon | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    12 Nov 2019

    I think it's a good choice because the wonders of space its endless also the fact we don't have anti gravity machines and i don't think that we can change VR headsets to make our arms look real life looking.I would like to experience life in anti gravity but that's my opinion.I think everyone that interest space should go (I don't) because we all need variety.

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_tiger | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    12 Nov 2019

    I don’t think it should be banned because every time an astronaut/robot goes into space it finds out something new.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    12 Nov 2019

    Is Space Tourism A Good Idea?

    In our BNC Sessions, we have touched on Space Tourism. But what is it and is it a good idea?

    Space Tourism is self-explanatory - it is literally where us mere people, as well as astonauts, have the chance to visit and explore the wonders of space. Sounds extraordinary, right?

    Many companies are currently promising tickets to space, and some have already put them on sale!

    According to phys.org, "for $250,000 (US), anyone can take a 90-minute flight into the upper reaches of the atmosphere where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature* of the Earth's surface.", courtesy of Virgin Galactic. That's £194,991.25 - nearly £200,000 for a 90-minute space experience, not even thinking about the amount of Greenhouse Gases that will be contributed! But many think that as companies are trying to invent re-usable rockets, the price will come down; it is less expensive to launch them. Likewise, NASA has been talking about letting members of the public lodge, or stay on board, the International Space Station (ISS), costing $35,000 (£27,500) per night from 2020.

    *this is a hard word - curvature is the fact of being curved or the degree to which something is curved :)

    So, is Space Tourism a good idea?

    Yes, because...

    ...it gives people like us the chance to literally go out of this world, and see the Earth from a whole new perspective, a whole new way. Not only this, people will be more involved with Space, and NASA. This experience could inspire them to be astronauts - perhaps they are enchanted! I know I would be.

    As well as this, it is for a good cause. NASA's explorations are funded by tax-payers. By bringing people into Space, they can use the thousands of pounds (or dollars!) to fund their searches. All in all, it takes the financial burden away.

    We should have choices in life; you have the opportunity - by all means, you can purchase a house, or travel to your dream destination. Perhaps that dream destination is Space for some. As long as they are under professional surveillance, and are safe, then so be it.

    However, there are a few concerns...

    ...Safety is a big one. I sincerely doubt that we, as mere humans, have developed technology enough to conclude that everything will 100% go right, and we'll all live happily ever after. Picture this: You buy a ticket to go to SPACE! The best to-be event in your life! So, you get into the non-reusable rocket, heart pumping, eyes wide with excitement as you turn to talk to your partner. 20 minutes in - uh-oh. You are told something has gone wrong, and you will be plummeting down to your death in less than 5 seconds. Gripping one of the 8 allowed on board (at a time), you scream...

    As well as injuring yourself and your companions, if you are lucky enough to land on Earth, many people on the ground may be damaged, and you'll have to wait hours - even days before you can get back home - if you have survived, that is.

    I do realise that NASA will have employees and special people on Earth tracking the rocket, and it is unlikely that an accident will happen.

    Away from the safety of us mortals, we will be polluting the depths of our universe, causing trouble far worse than climate change - the uptmost obsticle we are faced with now.

    The Bottom Line

    In Conclusion, I believe that Space Tourism is a marvellous idea, as long as it is handled with care, under professional supervision, taking precautions. You might argue that it is dangerous, but isn't everything? Isn't simply walking across the road dangerous? Somebody having an operation, or giving birth - they're risks. You can't avoid them... Space Tourism will give people the chance to experience something different, something unheard of. What do you think? Do you agree?

    Websites I used:

    https://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/what-is-space-tourism-space-flight-cost-spacex-virgin-galactic-blue-origin-11364163509098
    https://phys.org/news/2019-11-virgin-galactic-space-tourism.html
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48560371

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      content_lemon's comment 12 Nov 2019

      A very well-researched comment, content_lemon! What is being done to keep space tourism safe? You mention precautions and supervision being needed - are there examples of that today?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_ant | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    13 Nov 2019

    This is absolutely true! I believe that you have a valid point on this. However, to answer your question I believe that I should be banned. I think this because I should be left to the experts. Unless, the torists are going with the experts! By experts I mean people who have trained to do this and are capable to use all the features in the rocket. Back to my point, when I say it should be banned I mean that it shall be left to the people who know what to do, I don't mean they should never go to space! Hope you understand.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      spirited_ant's comment 13 Nov 2019

      Would it be acceptable for non-expert people to go into space and be guided by the experts?

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_ant | The Ruth Gorse Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 13 Nov 2019

        I guess it would be Tom. As long as they know what they're doing then it's totally fine.It's just the fact that some non-expert people might go wrong or make a silly mistake! However, I believe that it would be acceptable in some shape or form. Thank you for reading my post!

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_situation | New Horizons Children's Academy
    13 Nov 2019

    Is it safe to send out people,

    Just so they can see,

    If it makes them feel more equal,

    The trip should just be free

    I saw some information,

    About this sort of 'holiday'

    It all was spread across the nation,

    Why would people think in this way?

    The trip was set for space,

    25,000 they would say,

    They wanted to be a part of this race,

    But thought ' Wouldn't I rather stay? '

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    1. Hillyfield School logo fun_honeyberry | Hillyfield Primary Academy
      fearless_situation's comment 13 Nov 2019

      I also think space tourism should be banned as well i think this because it costs a lot of money but insted we should spend it on the nhs

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    13 Nov 2019

    I think space exploration is a great idea because NASA have been going in depth on space exploration. In fact, they are already one step ahead of us, they have invented not too many months ago a special shuttle for tourism but are they willing to invest on tickets and flights. They've got tickets starting from $250,00 but I think if they reduce the price more people could afford this and the more customers the more money and that will have a significant increase on profit. This will help them have more flights and so on. Furthermore, they've done the research, they've got the facts and they have been waiting to have space tourism for may years now.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      grateful_crab's comment 14 Nov 2019

      Great reasoning - well done!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brave_grape | Noel Park Primary School
    13 Nov 2019

    I think it shouldn't be banned because multiple discoveries have been made on space for example athletic shoes ,baby formula ,wirless headphones and ect. Without space exploration our sibiling wouldn't be able to drink their milk ,baby formula , thank you space for helping my baby sister. On the other hand, we can first solve the problems that we have on Earth right now then think about what we're going to do about space a .One problem we have right now is pollution we really need to figure out our dying plant first.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg alert_fish | Portobello High School
    14 Nov 2019

    No I want a picnic on the moon

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    14 Nov 2019

    I think that there should not be tourism around space because of the amount of money and the time because in our lesson we learnt that it is only a 1 hour and 20 minute tour which is to short!

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  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    14 Nov 2019

    their are a couple of reasons why it is bad, one is that it cost to much money and think how some of that money could help other people, on the other hand it is a good way for people to see other planets, in addition to this, if people would like to go they would need a landing station everywhere think how much that mite cost.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    14 Nov 2019

    Space tourism should be banned. For many people going into space would be a life time opportunity but at the cost of what? We are in a climate emergency, we should not sacrifice our lives for sheer pleasure, we need to look at the big picture here, launching one rocket is burning an unimaginable amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Launching more for tourism would kill the earth and everything in it. Exploring space to gather data and to learn about the universe is reasonable to an extent, however space tourism is certainly not. Its not just the environment that's the problem, its the money. They spent 15o billion dollars on they ISS and they are probably going to spend more on space tourism. They could spend that money on reducing poverty, helping the environment, saving endangered animals and medical support. I strongly disagree with you industrious _ melon, yes the wonders of space are endless but the life of our planet is not. If we keep doing what we are doing, the place we call home will be a desolate wasteland deprived of all life. I completely understand that reaching new heights
    is part of human nature, we want to explore, we want to push ourselves to the limit but as I said when I began, at the cost of what?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 15 Nov 2019

      Do you think other polluting activities could be decreased to make room for space tourism?

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg determined_artic_fox | Richmond Hill Academy
    15 Nov 2019

    i think space tourism is a very bad idea because tourist may or may not tell anyone so they might try it with no space equipment which could leave to a conclusion of death

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  • knowledgeable_opinion | Whyteleafe School A
    15 Nov 2019

    i think it should be banned as people with little experience will try it out and loose their life with a conclusion of death

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  • Preston Manor School ethical_laboratory | Preston Manor School
    15 Nov 2019

    I think space tourism should not be banned because it will give other people a chance to visit space, so that it isn't just astronauts. But there are also some bad reasons such as they could lose their life, or get seriously injured. But it is their choice

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      ethical_laboratory's comment 15 Nov 2019

      What are the other good parts, other than the opportunity?

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      1. Preston Manor School ethical_laboratory | Preston Manor School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 15 Nov 2019

        Some other good parts are that we might be able to find new life on a planet, or we could discover new resources or minerals that we could possibly need i.e diamonds etc

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  • Preston Manor School observant_mango | Preston Manor School
    15 Nov 2019

    I believe space tourism should be banned; imagine how much grief it could cause to the public with more ways to die! Also, it could increase co2 emission for extra entertainment, when there are plenty of other ways to have fun. Another reason it is bad is because of the inconvenience of multiple rockets being sent to outer space, with no intention of helping develop our knowledge of space.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      observant_mango's comment 15 Nov 2019

      Well done for giving reasons for your answer. Do you think space tourism companies should have a responsibility to develop our knowledge of outer space?

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      1. Preston Manor School observant_mango | Preston Manor School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 15 Nov 2019

        I do not believe they have an obligation to develop our knowledge of outer space, however as a company that is taking people into space, I believe they have the responsibility to inform these tourists on (at the bare minimum) the basics on space, as they will be staying there for a long period of time and this trip should have at least a bit of education involved.

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_cicada | Millbank Academy A
    15 Nov 2019

    I think that space companies should have a responsibility for this because this will help people get more involved in this subject. In addition, space tourism will be a viral subject on the streets.
    Space tourism should not be banned because this will help people enjoy the wonders of space.

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