Friday, March 26, 2010

On Commercial Space Flight...

Virgin Galactic succesfully completed another test flight, getting closer to its goal of taking people up to space - commercially.

If you're interested in booking a flight to space, please pay $200,000 which includes the ride and at least three days worth of training before you're blasted out of the planet.

Sounds like a lot? Guess what? If you're a millionaire... it's peanuts.

According to CNN, about 80,000 people have placed their names on the waiting list for a seats.

I'm guessing that if you put your name on a waiting list you've actually got the megabucks to pay for it.

My weak math skills tell me that there's a potential $ in the air. (read - 16 BILLION dollars)

Nice, eh?

Now consider this:

According to the World Food Programme, one euro ($1.30) – the price of a cup of coffee in Italy – is enough to feed a child through school for one week.

WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all of the
66 million children who attend school hungry across the developing world. US1.1 billion will allow us to reach 22 million children in Africa.

I think you can draw your own conclusions on this one.

It reminds me of a speech by Kennedy that conluded with these words:

"Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it! And the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there! And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked".

Er... what about EARTH?



P.S. Drop me a note if you want to hear this historical speech set to (my) music!

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