With so many pressing economic, environmental, and other issues plaguing societies and governments around the world, you would think that the misguided wastefulness of recreational space travel would be obvious. Yet despite this, the trend of technological development towards commercial space travel continues, and is nearer than ever to coming to fruition. If only these all too well off individuals would put their financial resources towards something positive, the world might be a slightly better place.
Yes, I believe it is wasteful to spend $250,000 for a visit to space. As long as their are people going without food, shelter, and other basic necessities you should not be throwing away money of this amount on something that is basically worthless. Donate the money to help the unfortunate, and you will get much more out of it.
I could see if it was as the picture implied, a trip to the moon, even if it just went around it. It might be worth it if it was for the day but in reality they are paying $250,000 for about 6 minutes actual space time. That means your spending about 41.7 thousand dollars per minute of space time. The total flight from lift-off to touchdown is about 2.5 hours. Talk about a rip off.
The chance to visit space is an amazing opportunity. Considering the risk involved, $250,000 is not all that high a price to pay for such a trip. It is about the cost of an inexpensive house, and for average people who are more interested in experiences than owning physical goods, the trip of the lifetime would not at all be a waste of that money.
It is not wasteful to spend a large amount of money on visiting space because each person is entitled to spend their money how they wish. If someone has the money, it is their prerogative to spend it how they want as long as it is not hurting anyone. Although space travel is dangerous, many companies are working to make is safer and more accessible to those who can afford it.
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