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LOS ANGELES – After five years of secret construction, the cloak is coming off a privately funded spacecraft designed to fly well-heeled tourists into space. The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo, slated for rollout Monday in the Mojave Desert, could not come sooner for the scores of wannabe astronauts who have forked over part of their disposable income for the chance to float in zero gravity.
Originally posted by nik1halo
If I won a few million quid on the Euro-millions lottery, I would definitely fork out £125k on that. It would be worth it for sure!
At a basic level, Launius pointed out, tourism at any time and place in human history has required a trio of major components:
A discretionary income available for leisure travel;
Ample leisure time to spend on both preparations for and taking the trips themselves; and
An infrastructure supporting tourism that offers accommodations, food and amenities, transportation systems, and attractions to see and do at the place visited.
"It may well remain the province of wealthy thrill-seekers, essentially the same class of those who climb Mount Everest, rather than the masses who dominate the current $600 billion-plus per year tourism industry."