Space Tourism: Adventures in Earth Orbit and Beyond

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 9, 2005 - Nature - 217 pages
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Many scientific papers and popular articles have been written on the topic of space tourism, describing everything from expected market sizes to the rules of 3-dimensional microgravity football. But what would it actually feel like to be a tourist in space, to be hurled into orbit on top of a controlled explosion, to float around in a spacecraft, and to be able to look down on your hometown from above the atmosphere?

Space tourism is not science fiction anymore, Michel van Pelt tells us, but merely a logical step in the evolution of space flight. Space is about to be opened up to more and more people, and the drive behind this is one of the most powerful economic forces: tourism. Van Pelt describes what recreational space travel might look like, and explains the required space technology, the medical issues, astronaut training, and the possibilities of holidays to destinations far, far away.

This is a book for everyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to space: a dream which, according to van Pelt, may not be so far from becoming a reality. Consider it the armchair traveler's guide to the coming boom in space tourism.

  

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I am glad I found a this book which is really nice.
It will give my very good knowledge about space and space flight.
I am sure it will give pleasure and happiness to me.
Thanks a lot google books..

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this book is complet poppycok it is truly impossible to be able to go to space for a holiday who on earth even thought of this. as they were writing this were they on a seires of drugs and if i went on a holiday even though i cant afford it because the price is outragous and couldnt afford it enyway as that I AM ON BENIFITS!!!!!!!!!! id rather spend that money on fags and cheap magizense.and im sorry i cant spell but i cant afford to be sent to a proper school.i love jeremy clarkson.stop juging me and him.  

Contents

BEFORE THE FLIGHT
11
THE EXPERIENCE BEGINS
12
SELECTION FOR SPACEFLIGHT
15
WHEN CAN YOU GO?
28
SAFETY FIRST
37
RADIATION
42
BACK IN THE ATMOSPHERE
44
LANDING
45
SPACE STATIONS GIANT CANS AND WHEELS IN THE SKY
139
HOTELS IN SPACE?
145
Checking in at a 2040+ space hotel
147
MICROGRAVITY SPORTS AND RECREATION
149
SPACE LOVING
152
SPACE FOOD
154
SWEET DREAMS
159
PETS IN SPACE
162

GETTING READY
47
SAFETY
49
SPACEFLIGHT THEORY
53
MEDICAL ISSUES
54
THE THIRD DAY
57
EVA TRAINING
62
CENTRIFUGE AND WATER LANDING SURVIVAL
64
ASTRONAUTS AT SCHOOL
69
TRAINING PROGRAM
71
PREPARING THE SPACECRAFT
73
LAUNCH
83
THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT
91
MAKING IT AFFORDABLE
99
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPACEPLANES
102
REUSABILITY
107
FINANCING THE FUTURE
112
NUCLEAR ROCKETS LASER CRAFT AND SPACE ELEVATORS
114
IN ORBIT
121
EARTH ORBIT
123
ACTIVITIES IN MICROGRAVITY
126
THE FREEDOM FLYER
131
GOING OUTSIDE
135
THE END OF THE TOUR
165
RETURNING FROM SPACE
171
SPACEDIVING
175
PUTTING YOUR FEET BACK ON THE GROUND
177
SOUVENIRS
179
TO THE MOON MARS AND BEYOND
181
FLY ME TO THE MOON
182
Lunar activities
184
Reaching the moonbase
187
MARS VACATION
189
SPACE COLONIES
192
MORE DISTANT WORLDS
193
Venus
194
Asteroids and comets
195
The constraints of distance
196
THE ROAD AHEAD
201
COST AND SAFETY
203
BE A SPACE TOURIST NOW
205
BIBLIOGRAPHY
207
INDEX
213
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About the author (2005)

Michel van Pelt is involved in studies on future reusable spaceplanes, vehicles envisioned to be used for future space tourism businesses.

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