posted on Jan, 10 2006 @ 06:47 AM
While browsing through the technology pages on the BBC News website, I saw this;
US Draws Up Space Tourism Rules
, BBC News - Sunday, 8 January 2006, 08:42 GMT
Space tourists must be screened to ensure they are not terrorists, according to proposed regulations from the US Federal Aviation
The draft report's suggestions aim to prevent a terrorist from destroying a spacecraft or using it as a weapon.
At first glance - I admit - I scoffed. Talk about going over the top, knee jerk reaction if you will, by the American powers that be. What a
ridiculous notion that someone would pay that much money to go into space - a opportunity of a lifetime I may add - only to hijack the flight to use
the spacecraft as a weapon.
Then I thought about a bunch of guys who decided to spend a few years spending a lot of money on flight lessons. Planning...Waiting, hijacking a few
747 and doing something terrible with them.
Maybe it is a good idea.
If these people are mad enough to do something as amazingly stupid and disgusting as the act we all now know as 9/11 - what's stopping them from
being more sensationalist? More ridiculous? More selfish and murderous if it helps their "cause"?
What the Americans have done should be a template for any nation who decide to allow business to venture into the realms of space tourism.
(just realised had a bit of rant there, apologies!)