While Space X is going to allow rich tourists to make the first tourist flight in space, we are entitled to ask ourselves if this is progress or the result of financial speculation?

Pour ou contre le tourisme spatial ?Pour ou contre le tourisme spatial ?For or against space tourism?

Flying into space

SpaceX has just launched the world’s first crew of “amateur astronauts” on a private flight to circle the Earth for three days. Wednesday night’s successful launch marked the most ambitious leap to date in space tourism. It was the first chartered passenger flight for Elon Musk’s space company and the first time a rocket headed into orbit with a crew that contained no professional astronauts.

“It blows my mind, honestly,” SpaceX chief Benji Reed said on the eve of the launch from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center

. “It gives me goosebumps even now to talk about it.”

Space tourism

At the helm of the flight is Jared Isaacman, 38, who made his fortune with a payment processing company he started as a teenager. Isaacman is the third billionaire to launch this summer, following flights by Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin in July. Isaacman is joined by Hayley Arceneaux, 29, a childhood cancer survivor who works as a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Isaacman has pledged $100 million of his own money to the hospital and is seeking an additional $100 million in donations. Also on board are contest winners Chris Sembroski, 42, a data engineer in Everett, Washington, and Sian Proctor, 51, a community college teacher in Tempe, Arizona. Arceneaux is about to become the youngest American woman in space and the first person in space with a prosthesis, a titanium rod in her left leg.

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Are you for or against these flights? The launch marks the biggest breakthrough to date in space tourism as Elon Musk’s company makes the first chartered passenger flight tonight. Tell us your thoughts and leave a comment…