Nearly 50% of Americans Want to Space Travel But Only 19% Would Shell Out $100,000 To Do So According to a Survey

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As space travel and space tourism continues to make headlines and more civilians vie for seats on the next launch, many Americans have strong feelings about going to space. 

According to a ValuePenguin survey of over 2,000 consumers, almost half want to go to space and some would even go into debt to do so; however, others think space tourism may not be ethical. 

Key findings:

  • 49% of Americans want to travel to space. Men are more interested in space travel than women (56% versus 44%), while interest in space tourism decreases with age (63% of Gen Zers versus 38% for baby boomers).
  • 28% of both men and Gen Zers would choose a free trip to space over being debt-free. Among all consumers, 23% opted for a trip to space rather than the ability to wipe out their debt.
  • Reality check: Of those consumers who want to travel to space, just 19% would shell out $100,000 or more to make it happen — and even that might not be enough. Seats on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo are estimated to start at a whopping $250,000 per person.
  • 60% of Americans agree that space travel should be accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford the exorbitant costs. On a similar note, 41% don’t think billionaires should be spending so much money on space travel.
  • About 1 in 4 (24%) don’t think space tourism is ethical. For example, some scientists fear that frequent space travel could give way to climate change, harming the environment through a high rate of emissions-per-passenger, as well as soot released by the rockets.

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Coronavirus live updates: India breaks milestone of 100,000 cases a day as infections surge

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Biden administration said the United States will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses despite problems at a Baltimore manufacturing facility that will now be taken over by parent company Johnson & Johnson. More than 106 million people have received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose in the country.
  • Experts disagree on whether the United States is on the cusp of a “fourth wave” of infections or seeing the last gasps of the 14-month crisis.
  • Wisconsin’s vaccination program is a success, buoying the profile of Andrea Palm, once its top health official and now a candidate for No. 2 at the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Several Canadian provinces are imposing new restrictions to blunt a resurgence of the coronavirus that is hitting more young people with severe illness than before.
  • The immunization program is stalling in Ivory Coast amid widespread vaccine hesitancy, while in Kenya there aren’t enough vaccines as the wealthy use connections to snap up the few doses available.
  • About 555,000 people have died in the United States of the coronavirus, and reported new cases of infection are rising steadily. There was a 5 percent increase over the past week.

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