Imagine taking a trip to space, to a whole new planet. How fun that would be.
More than 500 people have gone to space, and twelve have been to the moon. Being a private astronaut sounds like a dream, but it is a hundred percent real. The curiosity of human beings is a reason in itself. We are in a space tourism revolution, and planning your dream trip is possible.
Recently, Sierra Nevada Corporation designed an advanced new spacecraft to take humans into space for various purposes, including space exploration and space tourism. There are two types of space tourism.
Orbital Space tourism is a full orbit around the earth. This type of space-traveling is the most expensive of the three. Suborbital Space tourism is a half orbit around the earth. This is twice as cheap as Orbital Space tourism.
A trip on SpaceX costs around 52 million dollars. Then there’s Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser, which is a reusable space vehicle. The corporation designed Dream Chaser was designed to carry up to 11,000 pounds of cargo and can hold 2 to 7 astronauts. Cheaper ways of traveling to space are now being developed as the idea of reusable spacecraft has emerged.
Maybe you want to take advantage of the space tour advantage to go on a twelve-day trip into Earth’s orbit. You will be traveling 1700 miles per hour, which is fast enough to see the earth’s entire surface rotate underneath you. The price for these trips is still prohibitive.
I Have the Funds – So What Do I Pack?
Deciding what to pack for a regular trip on terra firma can be difficult. So imagine how hard it is to pack for space. You’re limited to a specific number of pound. Your travel company will classify materials in terms of dimensions and mass. Theymust determine that whatever you carry does not endanger the crew. Materials are packed into protected foams and inserted into specific bags for orbit.
So what would you pack for a trip to space when you can carry only a light bag?
The less you pack, the better. There’s no gravity in space, and things can float away. It is best to only pack the stuff you need. Everything has to be packed so it wouldn’t get damaged on its way to space.
First, you will need health supplies. The spacecraft will have first aid equipment, but you should take a month’s supply of any medication you’re taking. If you have a condition that flares up, such as asthma or a peanut allergy, take your meds with you as well. This is very important as there are no hospitals in space.
You may want to bring a camera to capture the greatness of the outside world. Space is full of extraordinary things beyond the imagination, so there is no question whethr people would like to go there. The galaxy is a beautiful place, full of awe-inspiring sights. It is a wonderful dream vacation.
Personal Hygiene in Space
You can’t shower in space because of the same gravity issue. If you tried, the water and soapsuds would float around and stick to everything. Instead, you’ll need to take sponge baths. Pack a sponge, some liquid soap, and two towels. You’ll also need rinse-less shampoo to clean your hair.
NASA instructs its astronauts to wear one pair of underwear for up to one week before changing. Good thing the air aboard the shuttles is much cleaner than that of the Earth and clothes don’t stick to your body in space. You’ll most likely wear one spacesuit for the entire trip.
So what about the feminine hygiene needs of women in space? Many female astronauts opt not to have a period while in space by taking oral contraceptives back to back. It’s one of the options to try if you schedule your space flight during your time of the month.
How Long Should I Pack For?
Space tourism will probably last a total of ten days. It will be two days of orbiting and, for the least, eight days onboard the spacecraft. This is tourism, unlike astronauts who spend around four to six months in space.
We hope this article helps you decide what to put in your bag. Remember to pack light, and go for it! It’s so exciting to be in the middle of a space-traveling revolution.