RE: SPACE: Economic Role for Manned Space Stations

O'Regan, Emlyn (
Wed, 21 Jul 1999 17:16:13 +1000

> Chris Fedeli wrote:
> >
> > I think you hit the nail on the head. I'm 25, and most of
> > my generation seems to share little enthusiasm for space
> > travel. I think part of this comes from the increased
> > knowledge we have about our universe today. 30 years ago
> > many people still thought there might be intelligent life on
> > mars. Now we've used our telescopes to explore the deep
> > reaches of space and have found it to be incredibly vast and
> > . . . boring.
When I heard that there were tourist space trips being considered in the near future for the measly sum of $100,000, I started tallying up the value of all my more (and less) superficial organs. How many legs do you need, after all? None since the wheel. One arm would keep me happy, I'd prefer the good one if that's viable, but I've always wanted to learn to use the mouse with my left hand anyway. Most of the internal gut stuff is more trouble than its worth; dialysis is pretty advanced now, right? There's a spare eye, ear, 90% of my neurons are unused if I'm to believe Einstein (and who wouldn't), a spare lung, and I've already got a beautiful daughter so there's even more stuff for the organ bank.

And after all that, I'm lighter too, which might reduce the cost further.

Boring? Aaarrggh! I'm going to space in a bucket if I have to.

Emlyn, 27, bucket boy.