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The Closest Thing To Space Travel

View over the wing on the plane
flight home from Perth, Western Australia.
I'm one of those people who enjoys flying on commercial airliners. The fact that I only fly economy really doesn't bother me. Especially if I have a window seat.

As a fan of Science Fiction I look out the window and think, this is probably the closest thing to commercial space travel that I'll experience in my life time.

Currently Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic is probably the closest to making commercial space flight a reality but after eight years of trying his company has only just had its first powered spacecraft flight (see the video below).



Whilst in the video you can hear Richard briefly outline his vision of the new frontier of commercial space travel we're a long way off from any kind of commercial travel to the moon and even further for other planets.

Whilst there are a number of projects attempting to send people to Mars including the Inspiration Mars Foundation, attempting to do a manned fly by in 2018, and Mars One, attempting to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023 (see video below), these are pioneering efforts.



Even if any Mars missions are successful it'll be a long time before the data collected will enable commercial flights.

Colonial 1, The President's ship,
Battlestar Galactica.
Some day those huge space transports of the likes seen in TV series like Battlestar Galactica, carrying entire populations of people, will be a reality. Just not in my life time.

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