YOUR SAY — Space tourism is here. Would you pay to go to space?

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-08-27 10:00

We asked, you answered

If you could pay to look down at Earth from space, would you?

That’s what we asked you last month following the news that billionaires Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson became the first people to pay to go to space aboard their own spacecraft.

In the article, we mentioned the pros of space tourism — including research in space becoming more accessible and more opportunities for space exploration.

Jeff Bezos, third from the left, became the second billionaire within a week to reach outer space on July 20. (Image credit: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

We also talked about the cons — including greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for more space junk in Earth’s orbit. 

With that in mind, what did kids say about paying to go to space?

Here are some of the responses we received.

Molly-Claire Pelly, from Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador

(Image credit: submitted by Molly-Claire Pelly)

“It’s bad for the environment and causes space junk. Isn’t that reason enough? As though huge companies aren’t already destroying the ozone layer. Besides, if anyone can go to space, it’s no longer special.”

Daniel Yul Kwon, from Montreal, Quebec

(Image credit: submitted by Daniel Yul Kwon)

“First of all, there are risks of having injuries, as rockets aren't perfect and accidents happen. Second, I don't think I am willing to pay around $250,000 US to have a little trip. I would rather use that money for college tuition or more important things. Third, reading all the cons in this article, I don't think I am ready to contribute to adding space debris or destroying the ozone layer.”

Want to share your opinion with CBC Kids News? Keep checking  back to our website so you don’t miss our next Why/Why Not article.

Top image credit: David McNew/Getty Images

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