One Small Step

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
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Submitted: June 08, 2019

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One Small Step

So NASA has announced that it intends to start taking ‘space tourists’ to the International Space Station in 2020. Now I’d have thought I’d be one of the first in line, apart from two things.

The first and totally insurmountable problem is the cost; $50million for a return trip is what is being talked about here. Oh, and another $35million per night that you stay. There’s not many of you, I’m betting, that could fork out that much. If I saved up for my entire life I might be able to get high enough to be able to parachute back down to Earth.

The second point, and this might present a stumbling block to a good few that CAN afford it, is the medical exam you have to pass first. I KNOW they would never let someone that feels like an alien on planet Earth, loose on the Space Station.

It might be my cynical nature but I can’t help looking at this as the first small step in the rich and the powerful becoming able to distance themselves from a planet that for all intents and purposes appears to be doomed. Once they are provided with an alternative, will they really care about the consequences for the average man, woman and child, let alone animal.

No, another dream has hit the dust. Unless, of course, I can build my OWN spaceship. Any blueprints happily accepted, although they must adhere to a strict budget and be constructed from trash.

On the other hand, I might just go back to waiting for the ever elusive Mother Ship to come and take me home; for lets face it, even if I could get up there, I would not have a clue quite where to head.


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