Today, Virgin Galactic announced that 500 people have signed up for their space holiday program. The joyride involves being flown into outer space, a 5 minute stay there before the 90 second descent back to Earth and comes with a $200000 price tag.
Will we stop and think about its negative environmental impact? Or of real world problems that could be solved with the money and effort spent on the research for this project and what can be alternatively achieved with the money people will pay for this unsustainable rollercoaster ride . No we won’t.
We’ll applaud Mr. Branson and his team for the experience they are able to offer, secretly wishing we could afford it as well. Because isn’t that exactly what today’s society has taught us to do?