A trip on a Virgin Galactic sub orbital space flight next year will set you back at least $200,000 …..we can all dream! But will these trips ever be affordable and should public money be used to fund them?
A report published this week recommends that Britain invests more money in the space industry in order to take advantage of key market opportunities including space tourism.
Take advantage of the current media coverage to run a discussion lesson on space tourism.
Some ideas to get your students thinking…
- How far could a space tourism trip take you?
- How long will it be before we can book a hotel on the moon or holiday on Mars?
- How much risk are the public willing to take? What if there was an accident?
- Do you need to be as fit as an astronaut to go?
- What is the carbon footprint of a trip into space?
The increasing public interest in space travel may well be of a benefit to scientists doing research by making extra funding available. However, it could also be a hindrance if there was an increase in health and safety scares linked to space exploration or if funding gets diverted away from research and invested in space tourism instead.
To get your class discussing this topic you could get groups to each research a different area and follow this with mixed group discussions using the marketplace format. Run a search on space tourism on the web to find multiple news articles and websites with both sides to the story.
As part of the Exploring the Universe Theme Day at the Science Museum on 17th May the Talk Science team will be running a discussion activity on Space tourism for secondary school groups. To book or for more information give our friendly bookings team a call on 020 7942 4777.