If you take a closer look at the history of visits to the space, it is clear that only a few luck professional astronauts who are trained by top agencies got the opportunity to go there.
However, the scenario is changing rather fast as space tourism opens up. At the start of the 21st century, the first space tourist successfully visited the outer space aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Now, more companies, including Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are angling themselves to take more tourists to the space. Simply put, space tourism is simply opening up and could become the new norm. So, if you plan to become a space tourist, it is prudent to be prepared well. Here is everything that you need to know.
The Bulk of Your Job will Be Relaxing and Enjoying
For most people, thoughts of going for a holiday comes with lovely stopovers to do shopping and meeting new people, but it is different when it comes to space touring.
When your spacecraft blasts off the launching pad, the bulk of your time will be spent relaxing and enjoy the enthralling views.
If you will be using suborbital flights that are offered by firms such as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, the ride is pretty quick and smooth. Notably, such short travels to outer space do not require a lot of training compared to the longer ones, which take weeks or months in outer space.
You Need to be Physically and Mentally Fit
The word tourism, in the phrase “space tourism” might be deceptive, especially when taken in the context of the conventional holiday that people are used to.
Anyone, including the old, sickly, or those tired after weeks/ months at work, simply drive off to their holiday destinations. However, the reverse is true when it comes to space tourism.
If you are not physically and mentally fit, it is advisable to avoid space tourism. Everything about space tourism, from the launch to walking at zero gravitational forces is not easy. Take the example of what happens at launch. For example, the first two-three minutes feel like piles of bricks are placed on you.
Even if you have gone through training, the first eight minutes might be too much to bear if you are not physically fit. So, if you have other conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and mental disorders, ensure to confirm with your selected space tourism company to determine if you are fit.
Prepare for Zero- Gravitational Forces
When flying into the outer space, the most notable, and awaited thing is the experience of zero-gravitational force, which makes you get a feeling of weightlessness. However, this can be a great challenge if you did not train for it.
To get a similar experience, you should consider taking reduced gravitational flights where planes take a series of parabolas (flying in arch-like shapes) that give passengers a feeling of simulated weightlessness.
When you finally get to visit outer space as a tourist, there is no doubt that it will be an experience worth remembering. This is why you should gather as much information as possible, including training and talking to those who went to space before you.