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Wark Say
Feb 22, 2013

WELCOME TO THE DUNGEON

I know surprisingly little about space, but I've always been fascinated in the "black ocean", "sea of stars" and other corny-rear end monikers. Break it down for a punk-rear end goon here, o'wise ones. When do you think space travel will become commonplace enough for people to start to start doing it commonly enough, sorta like a vacation of sorts?

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reignofevil
Nov 7, 2008


Sometimes you gotta break the rules.


I say seventy five years from now.

Do Not Fear Jazz
Feb 1, 2005

W-WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON'T LIKE MY POST?



it already is hth

Powered Descent
Jul 13, 2008

We haven't had that spirit here since 1969.



As long as you don't insist upon staying in space very long, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are working on ships to let tourists poke their heads over the Kármán line and then come straight back down. They both claim they'll be ready to fly paying guests in a few years, but they've been saying that for like fifteen years now so take it with a grain of salt. While you're waiting, you might want to work on saving up the hundred-thousand-ish dollars that a ticket is likely to cost.

Gentle Autist
Jun 4, 2003



i’ll start the wiki

sex excellence
Feb 19, 2011

Satisfaction Guranteed


NASA is fully decommissioning the ISS and working with private companies to help these companies build a new space station. NASA is fully ceding low earth orbit space for private enterprise so they can focus on their long-distance missions and will rent lab space from the private companies in the new space station.

All of this was started recently after NASA has expanded the ISS to allow private companies lab space in the current station. They have budgeted lab and astronaut time for this project. Ultimately NASA is working to train private companies to prepare them for space travel.

"Remember, no billboards in space" <-- was a nice thought but we can forget about it now

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utamaru
Mar 7, 2008

BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP

My bet is on never, we kessler syndrome our dumb asses down here soon-ish and never go anywhere.

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