"Star Trek" star William Shatner just went to space with Jeff Bezos’ travel company Blue Origin, and apparently a lot of other Americans would love to follow in his footsteps, if only it was cheaper.
A new ValuePenguin survey finds:
- If money wasn’t an issue, 49% of Americans would want to travel to space, with more men than women interested (56% vs. 44%).
- Younger generations are also more excited about space travel, with 63% of Gen Z wanting to go, and only 38% of Boomers feeling the same.
- As for why some people don’t want to go to space:
- 54% say it’s because they simply aren’t interested.
- 39% worry about the potential risks and dangers.
- 29% are just too scared.
- The idea of space travel is so exciting to some that 28% of both men and Gen Z would rather go to space than eliminate their debt.
- But money is certainly an issue, although most people think it shouldn’t be.
- Of those who want to travel to space, only 19% would be willing to spend the $100,000 or more fee to do so.
- 34% would only be interested if the trip was free.
- 60% of Americans though believe space travel should be accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
- 41% also think billionaires shouldn’t be spending all that money on space travel, while 59% say it’s their money and they can spend it however they want.
- 24% of Americans don’t actually think space tourism is ethical.