You Can Finally Escape Earth, For a Few Hours

  • The Spaceship Neptune will take passengers to the edge of space, 19 miles above the Earth's surface.
  • The trip lasts a total of six hours, and costs $125 thousand.

How bad do you want off this planet right now? 2020 has become the year that 2012 threatened to be. Everything is uncertain and awful at the same time. If you’re having a chill year, keep it to yourself. For the rest of us, we can finally get off this godforsaken rock. For about six hours, and then it’s back to wretchedness. Also, the slight reprieve from Earth’s misery will set you back $125 thousand. Maybe worth it, though?

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Forget this Lousy Planet

Space tourism has been the dream since NASA landed a rocket on the moon. In fact, we were supposed to have a moon colony and express shuttles to Mars by now. Instead, there’s the International Space Station, which doesn’t look at all like a fun place to visit. A new age in space exploration launched with the SpaceX shuttle this summer. After the 2004 gutting of NASA’s funding, any hopes of getting men to Mars fizzled. 


That’s when the private sector stepped up, with SpaceX and Boeing developing shuttle models and making promises to get us to Mars because we’ve made such a mess of this planet. A seat on a SpaceX shuttle might cost as much as $52 million. And you have to sit atop 526,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and hydrogen to get there. 

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Drift at the Edge of Space

Alternatively, check out the Spaceship Neptune. A Florida-based company, Space Perspective, is working with the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska to make casual space travel a reality. Or rather, travel to the edge of space a reality. Their tourism model uses a hot air balloon the size of a football stadium to ascend to 19 miles above the Earth’s surface over two hours. Passengers will spend another two hours filling their Instagram feed with amazing pictures captioned, “later, suckers” and then descend into the ocean near Kodiak Island. 


It’s not moon tourism that they promised us as children. But if you have $125,000 kicking around, why not get off this doomed planet for a few hours?