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Space Tourism: Travel for all or discriminating the lower class

Written by: Jesse, Susan

University: Wolverhampton

It's a Small Universe

Written by: Alamanov, Nikolay

University: Lincoln

Relevant sources have been used for the creation of this paper. The informative approach shows evidence of reading. On the other hand, I am very interested in anything that has something to do with NASA, space research or space travel and that is why I was slightly disappointed to see the unevenness in the structure of your answer. The idea to start with land transport and link it to air transport and then move on to space transport was good but the space tourism bit of your work was restricted to one paragraph only. However, your final point caught my eye - claiming that just like most forms of transport, space transport will be a privilege for the rich only for a limited period of time was an interesting observation. I personally would not say that space tourism discriminates the lower classes, perhaps it excludes them temporarily. The expenses for such a trip are enormous and it is quite logical that, at least for now, providers like Virgin Galactic target the rich costumer.

I find it very hard to relate your work to mine since they have little in common. One point I have made comes to my mind though - the German professor Ulrich Beck claims that unless people start respecting the different the cosmopolitan model that is being shaped by the modern progress will stay unachieved. Do you think that this intolerance towards the different would result in a future division in space travel, i.e. shuttles for rich people would be more secure and going to better parts of the Solar System, while poor adventurers would not be able to afford such comfort and would fly on old aircraft to planets like Venus, which atmosphere consists of poisonous gases, driven by the sheer desire to explore; or in other words - do you think that people will start respecting the dignity of difference or they will become more distant and will never reach the cosmopolitan ideal Ulrich Beck describes? That is just a thought. :)

'It opens up the space experience to ordinary people around the world' - Richard Branson

Written by: Hobson, Chris

University: Lincoln

Space Tourism: travel for all?

Written by: White, Sara

University: Wolverhampton

Space Tourism: travel for all?

Overall this is a very strong piece of work. It uses a range of references and is a very informative piece of work. The paper also fits in very well with the strand, pride and prejudice, as the focus is very clearly about social class.
There is evidence of independent reading as there are several references used in the summary.
The study relates very closely with my own as a strong focus is placed on social class. Several references were even the same! The piece of work also relates the cruises; it could be said that cruises are solely for the elite; however, I disagree with this. Findings in my own study spoke of accessibility to different types of travel and found that cruises are not a lot more accessible than before. Ocean Village (Ocean village holidays, 2009) have promotional offers that help to encourage custom to their cruises. By having offers such as this it means that cruises are becoming more accessible to the lower classes. And that people can budget for cruises more easily than before.
A point that could have been made throughout the discussion is the benefits of all the different types of travel. For example a benefit of cruises is that they are often all inclusive; meaning that once on a cruise there are not a lot of additional expenses (Article base, 2008). The benefits of flying are that it is a lot quicker than previous types of travel, and the customer can choose the level of customer service that they want. They can chose low cost budget airlines such as Easy Jet or Ryan Air; or choose to fly first class with companies such as Virgin Atlantic.
A criticism that can be made about the paper however is that it could have been more analytical and criticised theories. Although this may have been in the seminar paper and not the summary.
In conclusion the paper manages to keep a lot of key points; it is concise and very easy for the reader to gain knowledge from the paper. The paper draws conclusions about Space travel, and answers the title of the paper well. Having written a paper on a similar topic it seems that it will be available for the higher classes first; but like air and water based travel it will become safer, more reliable and cheaper for the customers. That said, while I think the structure was good, I also think that it was a shame that the space travel section was rather limited. Although however on the other hand there isn't a huge amount of material available about space travel as it is very new.


References
Article Base (2008) Benefits of Travelling by cruise [Online] [Accessed 22nd April 2010] Available at < http://www.articlesbase.com/vacation-rentals-articles/benefits-of-traveling-by-cruise-552538.html >


Ocean Village (2009) About Ocean Village holidays [Online] [Accessed 22nd April 2010] Available at < http://www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk/content.aspx?id=2516>;