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#MicroblogMondays 56: Would You Go?

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I’m working my way through a backlog of Note to Self episodes, and there was a particularly interesting one on space travel and specifically space tourism such as Virgin Galactic*.  While we may not get a person to Mars in my lifetime (or maybe we will?), I agree with the host, Manoush Zomorodi, that it seems likely that we’ll have to make a decision on whether we’re up for a suborbital flight, similar to the way that we have to make a decision on how we feel about airplane travel.

I don’t think I’m up for it.  There are plenty of places I’d like to go and things I’d like to see, but I’m equally okay never getting to those places or seeing those things.  Life is short, you can’t fit everything in, and I understand that some of those dreams may need to float away.  And space is one of those things: I’m totally okay never going up into space.

How about you?  If you had the financial means, would you take the risk of a suborbital flight if it meant you got to see space up-close?

*Heads up: Infertility pops up a few times in the episode.


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1 JustHeather { 09.21.15 at 5:47 am }

I’d be ok missing out on space. There is still so much here on planet Earth that I haven’t seen yet.

2 anks { 09.21.15 at 6:17 am }

No way… I want to look at every inch of earth before thinking of stepping in space!

3 Jen { 09.21.15 at 6:21 am }

Seeing as I’ve already made the call that Australia is probably off my to-do list on cost and time grounds, Mars is a bit beyond my scope!

4 Vinitha { 09.21.15 at 6:31 am }

No Mars for me either. 🙂

5 The bespectacled mother { 09.21.15 at 6:43 am }

Space travel…never thought about it. My travel pursuits are very earthly 🙂

6 Mali { 09.21.15 at 7:06 am }

Damn right I would! The opportunity to see the world from another perspective would be amazing. Forget Mars though! There are too many places to see on earth where we can breathe, AND enjoy other cultures and food and sights and sounds.

7 illustr8d { 09.21.15 at 7:11 am }

I’m terrible in airplanes.Me in a spaceship? No. Such a bad flyer.

8 Heather { 09.21.15 at 7:31 am }

I would love to do an orbit or two around earth and then come home. I’m not ready to leave earth for such extended amount of time as going to Mars.

9 Karen (River Run Dry) { 09.21.15 at 7:44 am }

I am also terrible in airplanes, so don’t know that I could get past the fear to really enjoy it.

10 Middle Girl { 09.21.15 at 7:51 am }

Nope. I’m good.

11 Obsessivemom { 09.21.15 at 7:53 am }

It would be quite exciting I think to go into space. The best thing – that feeling if weightlessness ;-), since weight is one issue I’m always struggling with!

12 Jen { 09.21.15 at 8:06 am }

Only with a large amount of Xanax.

13 SuzannaCatherine { 09.21.15 at 8:22 am }

No, thank you. I’m good right here. Airplanes are a no-no in my world. Space flight would be totally off my chart.

14 Geochick { 09.21.15 at 10:19 am }

That’s kind a difficult question for me to answer. I’ve always been fascinated with space exploration, and became obsessed with Star Trek in high school. That translated to my declaration that I wanted to be a planetary geologist, yet I never did anything to further that idea. I didn’t spend time at the telescope, I didn’t pursue anything space-related in college, and I didn’t do anything about it after college. Being a risk-averse person, I guess I would say no. While I can imagine it would rank in the top 5 things I ever got to experience in life, and I would be thrilled to do it, I like being alive more than dead. The risks would have to be low for me to want to blast into space with tons of rocket fuel under my ass.

15 Isabelle { 09.21.15 at 10:37 am }

Hmm. I would rather go to all the place on earth. Whenever I see movies about space travel, I feel lucky that I am not those people stuck in space. So, no thank you.

16 One and Done? { 09.21.15 at 10:59 am }

I agree with earlier comments – if I had the means I would want to see much more of Earth first!

17 Sharon { 09.21.15 at 12:15 pm }

I have long had a fascination with space, but I think I would pass. I simply don’t have the constitution for space travel: flying in an airplane makes me mildly nauseous, and I can imagine space travel would be much worse.

18 Jamie { 09.21.15 at 12:31 pm }

I’d go to space! A trip around the Earth a time or two sounds fun. But, I don’t think I’d be up for Mars.

19 Ann Z { 09.21.15 at 2:02 pm }

In a heartbeat. I would go in to space in a heartbeat. One of my first real dream jobs was to be an astronaut and I read everything I could about going in to space and had planned out how I would be a payload specialist. To see the earth from above, to see in to space without the atmosphere filtering it. Yep. I would go in a heartbeat.

20 No Baby Ruth { 09.21.15 at 3:22 pm }

Oh my gosh, no doubt!! My dream was to be an astronaut. I had the application and everything, and knowing the basic requirements to even apply was the main reason I chose engineering in college. So, yes, sign me up!!!

21 Northern Star { 09.21.15 at 3:25 pm }

I am with you- there are things I’d love to do but am willing to let go of the idea of me doing them! Space travel would be cool – but I’m an earth-body I think….

22 DublinGal { 09.21.15 at 3:26 pm }

The idea of going into space has never been something I’ve been drawn to for some reason, even though I’m sure it must be an amazing experience.

23 Traci York { 09.21.15 at 3:47 pm }

I have a hard enough time psyching myself up to go on an airplane! I’ll take a pass, but I’d love to live vicariously from anyone who did make the trip.

24 Journeywoman { 09.21.15 at 4:02 pm }

Hell Yes!

25 Jen B { 09.21.15 at 4:16 pm }

Just the thought of what could wrong in a suborbital flight is enough to keep me off one.

26 loribeth { 09.21.15 at 4:29 pm }

I have to admit, I’m with those who say there are a lot of places they’d like to see here on Planet Earth first…!

27 Amber { 09.21.15 at 4:47 pm }

I think it would be pretty amazing, but I’m with you. There are a lot of places here on Earth I really want to see , so I think I’ll stick with that.

28 Cynthia Samuels { 09.21.15 at 5:45 pm }

You know, when Challenger happened my 10 year old son was so upset that a mommy would go into space and die. I’ve never forgotten that; somehow it has always colored any desire I have to leave the planet.

29 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 09.21.15 at 6:07 pm }

I’ve always wanted to go to space. It’d probably depend on how safe they were able to make it. Although, driving isn’t super safe, and I do that all the time!

30 Chris { 09.21.15 at 6:17 pm }

Not a chance! No, no, no! My husband loves all the space tv shows and movies and is all oohing and ahhing over the possibilities and I continue to tell him he will go alone. LOL. I barely tolerate flying in a plane and will do anything I can to avoid that. NO WAY would I travel in a spaceship. Nope, not happening. I barely will watch a space movie it doesn’t even hold any interest for me beyond the whole not liking to fly. Thanks I’m happy to stay on earth…

31 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.21.15 at 6:43 pm }

I’m with all those who want to explore Earth more fully, first.

Interestingly, I read last week that one of the things astronauts on the space station miss most is earth itself. The smells, trees, stuff like that. Being deprived of such things can bring on depression. I can’t find the link now…

32 Jess { 09.21.15 at 8:24 pm }

I would love to say that I am adventurous enough for space travel, but I hate to fly on an airplane WITHIN the atmosphere, so I think that would just be too much risk for me. I am a nervous wreck with air travel, and a really, really good worst-case-scenario-ist. The views may be spectacular, the sights and experiences one-of-a-kind, but I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it. At least not until it was a typical type of experience.

33 Mrs. Gamgee { 09.21.15 at 11:45 pm }

Nope. Not this hobbit. I can handle flying, most of the time, but the idea of space (as much as I love Star Trek) is just a wee bit beyond me. Even the thought that my wee-lings might consider it makes me a little nauseated.

34 Kasey { 09.22.15 at 9:16 am }

I’ve been listening to this podcast since late April and catching up. Some of it is really relevant to my dissertation work. I liked this episode and hearing the perspectives of the women interviewed. I don’t think I would do it though. I’m fascinated by space, but that desire to go has never really been there. I feel like something as monumental as space travel needs to come with a great desire. And, there are so many places here on Earth I still want to visit.

35 Paradoxical Sprite { 09.26.15 at 3:16 am }

Hey Mel,

Just thought I’d stop by and let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award >> https://stillwaitingforprincecharming.wordpress.com/2015/09/25/wow-id-like-to-thank/

Congratulations. Hope you have a great day 🙂

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