To in­fin­ity and be­yond

As child­hood dreams of trav­el­ling to outer space come ever closer to be­com­ing re­al­ity, 10-year-old ju­nior journo raf­ferty laight asks kids about their ul­ti­mate cos­mic hol­i­day.

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As dreams of outer space ad­ven­tures come ever closer to re­al­ity, 10-year-old Raf­ferty Laight asks kids about their ul­ti­mate cos­mic hol­i­day.

Sir Richard Bran­son has al­ways been a hero of mine. I mean, what’s not to like? He has bazil­lions of dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests, owns his own his air­line, is su­per ad­ven­tur­ous, gives heaps of his time and money to peo­ple less for­tu­nate, fights for con­ser­va­tion, and he’s a bil­lion­aire to boot. I al­ready thought he was the coolest guy on the planet when I found he might even be the coolest guy off the planet, be­cause he plans on launch­ing out-of-this­world space­flights with his com­pany Vir­gin Ga­lac­tic.

Sir Richard once said, “It is re­ally im­por­tant that kids spend as much time trav­el­ling and learn­ing as pos­si­ble, from a young age.” And while I’ve cer­tainly done my best to fol­low his ad­vice, trav­el­ling to 24 dif­fer­ent coun­tries al­ready, now he’s gone and made me want to add other plan­ets to my bucket list.

I mean, no­body loves Earth more than me and even though I’d like to ex­plore every inch of it, I can only imag­ine how awe­some see­ing it all at once from space would be. And zoom­ing through the pitch-black skies of outer space see­ing plan­ets as I ex­plored the so­lar sys­tem would be epic. I could jump over the moon, en­joy a Mar­tian meet-up and maybe grab some skis to take on Pluto’s icy moun­tains. Although at mi­nus-229 de­grees Cel­cius, I’d need some se­ri­ous snow kit to sur­vive that one. And let’s not even get started on the whole lack of breath­able air thing.

While the first flights on Vir­gin Ga­lac­tic haven’t launched yet, it looks like they won’t be too far away be­cause tick­ets are al­ready on sale aboard his Space­shiptwo, a sub­or­bital space­plane that will carry pas­sen­gers out­side of Earth’s at­mos­phere, and I want a seat. The only catch is that mum won’t fork out the $250,000 it will cost to buy me a ticket, and I can’t see my pocket money cov­er­ing it, no mat­ter how hard I save.

Space Ad­ven­tures are of­fer­ing to fly peo­ple to space on a Rus­sian Soyuz TMA-M space­craft to go on a space­walk with a cos­mo­naut. I won­der if they’re of­fer­ing kids’ fares?.

There’s even a lux­ury space sta­tion called Aurora Sta­tion be­ing de­vel­oped by Orion Span and Bigelow Aerospace is also work­ing on pri­vate space sta­tions, which I guess will be like float­ing space ho­tels! That would be so cool.

And there’s also Spacex, a space­flight com­pany work­ing on su­per-pow­ered space rock­ets to fly around the moon. The founder, Elon Musk, even reck­ons he’ll be tak­ing peo­ple to Mars soon. I couldn’t find a price for a ticket on that one, so here’s hop­ing my sav­ings will stretch far enough when the time comes.

Un­til they’re all ready for take-off I guess I’m just go­ing to have keep stargaz­ing and dream­ing of in­ter­ga­lac­tic ad­ven­tures. I sup­pose I could head to the Space Cen­ter Hous­ton in Texas for its Space Cen­ter Univer­sity, so at least I’ll be up to speed on all the need-to-know tech and engi­neer­ing when the time comes.

And if all else fails I can al­ways rev up an X-wing or two in Star Wars Bat­tle­front on my Playstation to get my space­flight fix.

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