Once upon a time, a young boy had a dream of one day going to space. How much would it cost this young boy to go to space, you ask?
Oh, only a small fee of $74.4 million per seat.
This ticket price includes training to operate the spacecraft, use of the launchpad and launch support services, flight control, docking and undocking services, air, consumables, life support en route, standby emergency services for a rescue in orbit or during landing, medical services after landing and the variable weight of the crew and their cargo to and from the station, according to the spokesperson for NASA, Kathryn Hambleton, in 2017.
The young boy I referred to above is none other than *NSYNC’s very own Lance Bass. In 2002, Bass attempted to raise the money it would take for a seat to space at that time, but failed. However, he did not give up on his dream.
In 2016, he told Business Insider, “There’s no specific date, but there are plans for me to go. But yeah, things keep getting delayed and delayed, but eventually in the next five to 10 years I would say that once we’re really flying to space a lot more that I’ll be able to take that mission.”The Verge explained that not all seats are the same price because it just depends on the length of the trip and who the tickets are purchased from.
To me, this price seems legit because they are shooting an actual human being into the sky — but you know, to each is own.
Other options, however, are from $150,000 to $250,000 per seat, according to Quora. While these prices are confirmed by NASA, Quora is known as a forum where people can go and discuss certain topics, and ask and answer questions.
Quora user Enzo Bueno, self-described as a “big fan of space and everything related” said, “I think Blue Origin will have the cheapest tickets to go to space, but the company hasn’t revealed how much a New Shepard ticket will cost. The company’s competitors, Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace, are currently charging $250,000 and $150,000 per seat. If you want to get to orbit however, a Falcon 9 cost about 60–70 million dollars.”
The cost of going to space is a steep one but it seems to make sense when you think of all the variables that go into such a thing, it makes sense. So, to all you space dreamers or lovers, start saving your money now!