Spacewalks are probably one of the most sought
after activities that privileged space tourists would want
to experience. Imagine walking / floating in a different environment,
and being able to see the Earth while immersed in a vast space
experience. That would be amazing! In our perception, a spacewalk
is a thoroughly invigorating experience and everybody should
get to try it even for once in his or her lifetime.
The vivid projections of astronauts as seen on television
and images posted in print influences what people perceive
today. But, do you think that you would really enjoy a trek
Few people believe that spacewalks are not as exciting as
they seem. Think about this. Would the experience be worthwhile
while donning the prescribed suit? Would you enjoy the experience
even with a bulky spacesuit that limits your movements? With
a more comfortable and light-material space clothing, perhaps
the experience would be extra fun.
Part of the excitement of spacewalks involves knowing one
can actually feel the powerful black of outer space. Others
might try spacewalks as a novelty, or as an activity that
one could brag about, given that only a few people will ever
have the chance to go through with it. However, to many enthusiasts,
spacewalking is the ultimate experience and therefore, unnecessary
distractions like bulky clothing will not matter at all since
having fun is all that matters in this case.
Only those who can afford the costs of space travel and are
already holding a confirmed ticket reservation will have the
opportunity to try and experience the novelty of spacewalks.
Spacewalking is not as simple as a walk in the park.
In fact, space tourists will be made to undergo a rigorous
6-month training program before they will be even allowed
to travel in space. Another month of more training will be
needed before tourists can become eligible to participate
in an activity such as spacewalks.
Tourists will have to be not only physically fit but also
mentally and emotionally ready as well, to help them become
comfortably and at ease while on the trip. One current space
tourism package specifies for the space travel to last for
up to 10 days, unless the trips includes spacewalks, then
approximately 8 days would be added to the venue.
You are probably wondering why only a few people have traveled
as tourists to the International Space Station. There are
practically two reasons that include a limited number of space
transports and high costs.
Since the cost of spacewalks and/or space travel is currently
prohibitive to the masses, many enterprising businesses have
constructed facilities that will simulate the actual conditions
of outer space. Once inside these facilities, an individual
will feel what its like be in orbit, though without the privilege
In the next 10 to 12 years, when costs come down, even the
middle class most likely will be able to scrounge up the money
for a short trip to low earth orbit, experience weightlessness
and take a couple of short spacewalks before coming back to
Earth. And who knows, a few short years after this you may
even be able to walk your dog in space. Won't this be heavenly?