“I’ve got a ticket to space”

Australian T3 - - OPINION -

DR jos gal is set to be the first Ger­man den­tist in or­bit as he pre­pares for his $106,000 jaunt with vir­gin galac­tic’s dutch ri­val, the space ex­pe­di­tion cor­po­ra­tion (SXC ) “As a child it was al­ways my dream to go to space. Only 500 people have been, com­pared to the bil­lions who have lived on Earth, it is truly one of the last ad­ven­tures you can have.

“So far I’ve done four train­ing mis­sions, some in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, France and Nether­lands. I have also flown in fighter jets to pre­pare for the speeds of the SXC flight; they only reach mach 1.9, though, and I’ll need to hit nearly dou­ble that for the real as­cent into space.

“The par­a­bola zero-G gives great weight­less­ness, but you only get 20 sec­onds of it. I was in a large group of ten people and didn’t have much space ei­ther, but it’s still a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Dur­ing the SXC flight I’ll have five or ten min­utes of zero grav­ity, but there won’t be much room to float around. It’s all about the ex­pe­ri­ence and the view, though, as it means so much just to be there look­ing down at Earth. I can’t wait un­til we get to the stars. Cur­rently, it looks like 2015.”

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