Space exploration, after decades of exploration, has now found a new space-based thrill.
It has become more and more popular as the technological advances have brought new capabilities and challenges.
“We’re not looking for the space station to be a big place, we’re looking for a place where we can really do something exciting,” says Neil Armstrong, former commander of the Apollo program and current chairman of Planetary Resources, a company that aims to colonise a habitable planet.
But there is one aspect of space exploration that has become increasingly popular, and that is the “hobby”, or space travel.
“I think the hobby has taken off quite a bit since I left the space program,” says astronaut Rick Husband, a former US astronaut who now works for the commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic.
“It’s now a big part of the national conversation.”
In fact, it has become a bit of a mainstream sport in recent years, with companies like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX offering flights to the Moon and beyond.
The current space craze is the result of technological advances and the increasing interest in space, says Mike Johnson, founder and CEO of the commercial-spaceflight company Rocket Lab.
“A lot of people are saying to themselves ‘I want to be in space.
What am I missing out on?'”
The space crave, and the interest, has grown so much that it has taken on a whole new look.
The space hobby has turned into the most boring activity for many people Source: New Scientist 1 of 12 The Space Age and the Space Craze “I love being in space,” says Johnson, a space veteran who flew in the space shuttle and the International Space Station.
“When I first saw the images of the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was amazing.”
So what is the space hobby?
Space enthusiasts and those looking for adventure often turn to the hobby to escape the everyday grind of life in the real world.
“There’s something in space that people don’t have access to, that people can’t get to,” says Michael Gannon, a professor at the University of Houston who studies space travel and habitability.
“You can’t go into an airport and fly a plane, because you’d be breaking the law.”
What people want is the thrill of flying through space, but not to get lost in an alien world, he says.
“People are excited about space exploration, but they’re not really interested in space as an activity.”
But that may soon change.
Astronauts, like many others, are working longer hours than ever, and with the advent of the internet and the advent in robotics and AI, the world of space is getting more and less like the real thing.
“This is going to change the way people live their lives,” says Gannon.
“The hobby is a lot more interesting than it was 30 years ago.”
1 of 10 The Space Agency’s New Horizons probe is still on course to capture Pluto in July, 2017.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI 2 of 10 What people do with space The hobby is growing in popularity, and now space enthusiasts are turning to space for inspiration.
In fact there are now space-themed social media accounts that feature space stories and art, and even the likes of Nasa’s New Horizon spacecraft, which is in the final stages of the journey to Pluto.
And it is no longer just hobbyists who are taking to space.
Businesses and institutions are also turning to it, as are companies like Rocket Lab and Virgin Galactic, which have plans to fly people to Mars.
“What we’re seeing is a huge interest in the hobby,” says Husband.
“If people want to do that, they have to be able to do it.” “
And it will take more than just space to get there, says Johnson. “
If people want to do that, they have to be able to do it.”
And it will take more than just space to get there, says Johnson.
“Even the hobby will evolve.” “
1 in 6 people on Earth spend some time in space Every day, about 1.6 billion people around the world spend time in a space station or spacecraft. “
Even the hobby will evolve.”
1 in 6 people on Earth spend some time in space Every day, about 1.6 billion people around the world spend time in a space station or spacecraft.
And while space exploration has become an increasingly popular activity, there is still one activity that people really want to avoid: space travel, says Husbands.
“They can’t fly into space,” he adds.
“That would be a disaster, a total disaster.
But they could fly into orbit and then return to Earth.”
“There is no better time to be on Earth than now,” says John Logsdon, a retired US astronaut and a co-founder of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
“NASA is making great strides in the future,