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Do you think mass space tourism will awaken a global eco-consciousness?

Space tourism will soon begin in earnest, with suborbital flights. Initially, these short trips will cost a lot of money and be for the happy few. But within a few years, – hopefully -, space tourism might be accessible to very many middle class people.
When astronauts return from orbit, they often describe the beauty and fragility of our planet. They respect earth, its ecosystems and all living creatures on it. They understand how careful we must be with what we do to this tiny dot in the universe.
Will space tourism generate such an ecological view on life on Earth? Will suborbital flights leave the same impression on the tourists? And will they, consequently, spread the message of the care we must take to protect the fragile life and nature on Earth?


  1. Only in the very beginning will this be true. But after awhile the novelty will wear off and space will become just as big of a junkyard as Earth.

  2. As long as we have chemical rockets and propulsion, the amount of pollutants produced to get into orbit would make ecological-minded space tourists kind of hypocritical.

  3. Maybe and maybe not, i’m in the lower middle class if not lower and i say i hope such a thing happens but i’m not getting my hopes up.
    Unless space becomes open to all then your not going to get much interest, i read that there are only 40,000 people who could afford a trip into space right now and most of them aren’t going to spend their money on that.
    Massive corporations aren’t interested in making a few hundred thousand here or there they want to make billions in one investment and that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.


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