Space Tourism – A Future Dream or a Cyber-tourism
BRUCE PRIDEAUX and PETRA SINGER
Space is viewed
by many as the next frontier and the next boundary to be crossed.
This view, popularized in cinema and by science fiction writers,
was recently reinforced by the successful suborbital flight
of the privately owned SpaceShipOne. But is this view based
on substance; will space become the new mass tourism experience
of the 21st Century? In time this might be the case but as
this paper argues the cost of travel is likely to be so high
that nonphysical travel based on cyber experiences is a strong
possibiclity. This paper uses scenarios as a method to investigate
the possibility of both physical and cyber-travel into space
in the future.
space tourism, cyber-tourism, scenarios, cyber-travel, knowledge