Last year, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the successful return of the apparently doomed Apollo 13 crew, we held an Essay Contest: "Manned Space Exploration is Worth the Risk" and received some great entries.
This year, as the Commercial Space Sector continues to grow and become ever more important, our topic is Space Tourism
Where would you like to go? Obviously, many readers will pick the Moon. But some of our readers may also be Mars fans, or interested in other destinations altogether. For this contest, lets rule out destinations beyond our home Solar System.
Give us an itinerary: where you would like to visit, what you would like to do there, what memories you would like to bring home.
· What kinds of souvenirs would you want to pick up? Would you be going alone or with a tourist group?
· Would you pick a "routine" tour, of something "off the beaten path?"
· Would you consider a "working tour group?" That is, to defray costs, would you accept shipboard chores? How about field work?
· On Earth, working tours such as archaeological and paleontological "digs" are becoming increasingly popular.
· Some tours may have exploration and/or prospecting goals.
· How long would you be willing to be away from Earth, from friends, family or your job?
· How much would you spend on a lottery ticket for a free tourist experience of the type you are describing?
· Where would such a tour rank in your personal "pipe dream" list? In your "bucket list"?
The contest is open to members, former members, visitors, and in short to anyone who hears about it, anywhere in the world.