A joyride around the moon sounds like the ultimate bucket list item. But the sheer wastefulness of it bothers me. Iím thinking about the amount of money and resources that it will take, and the pollution it will cause, and the extra space junk it will create just to send two guys on a weekís vacation in space.
To be honest, Iím kind of down on the whole idea of space tourism. It just highlights the excesses of crony capitalism when some civilian can rent-a-ride on the Soyuz and ISS, taking up the space & resources that should be filled with a real astronaut and/or a scientific experiment. After all, that's what the ISS is supposed to be for. I'm pretty sure the taxpayers of the world wouldn't have wanted to spend $150B on the thing if they knew it was going to be used as a hotel for the super rich.