In Kazakhstan, the Space Harbor project (SHP) is being erected with $1 million in start-up funds to create space tourism of the future.
The SHP will be equipped with “trade and entertainment zones, hotels and office space.”
Construction will include a “glass dome enabling to observe space launches.”
In Baikonur City, the government is willing to donate 10 hectares of land to the project.
With the potential financial return of space tourism looming, Russia and Kazakhstan have joined forced to bring forth projects to be completed in 2014.
Investors will pay for facilities, a launch pad and passengers to ride to the International Space Station (ISS) – or simply orbit Earth.
In Kazakhstan, the Russina Roskosmos Federal Space Agency has invested $33.3 million since 2012 to maintain the cosmodome that was constructed nearly two decades ago.
Richard Branson, head of Virgin Galactic , is championing space tourism as a venture designed to commercialize and monetize space travel of the future.
XCOR Aerospace is another company invested in taking customers to space with tickets beginning at $100,000. They are being touted as a low-fare carrier that could transport a pilot and one passenger 37 miles above the Earth.
The entire trip is expected to begin and end at conventional airports.
Talk of commercial space travel has been uneventful since 2008, when those technologies were seen as viable.
Monetizing space tourism has proven difficult with technology not delivering on promises and the relationship between government and private corporations.
For those interested, real estate on the Moon has become quite a unique investment.
In 1967, the UN established the Outer Space Treaty (OST) to set up international commons and prohibits nations from claiming territorial sovereignty in space.
The OST has been signed by 102 countries.
Nearly a decade later, the Moon Treaty (MT) was drafted and ratified by several nations regarding the forbiddance of private sector corporations owning extraterrestrial real estate.
The UN has been preparing for possible contact with an extra-terrestrial race.
The UN’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (CPUOS) was created in 1959. Their purpose is to facilitate matters of international concern within outer space, as well as deal with any legal issues that may arise from space exploration.
Professor John Zarnecki of the Open University and Dr. Martin Dominik of the University of St Andrews say that societal uprisings could be avoided if there is global cooperation in forming an international political body to oversee the communications between humans and aliens. They both agree that the UN’s CPUOS will be that facilitator.
In 2010, the UN’s director for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Mazlan Othman, said that “statistically, extraterrestrial life is a possibility.”
Othman referenced that scientists are finding more and more Earth like planets in “habitable zones” that most likely facilitate life. She believes that the world must “come together to lay out a plan” for dealing with discovery of alien life. Othman also asserts that the UN should be the sole direct contact and governing body in charge if and when the aliens arrive on Earth. As the appointed international body on Earth, the UN would formulate laws and guidelines on how to expedite peace with the aliens.
Scientists for the Royal Society published papers referencing all aspects of alien existence, surmising that this issue must be addressed as a serious possibility within scientific and governmental circles.
Simon Conway Morris, a professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at Cambridge University, asserts that aliens would be hostile and preparations should be focused on this probability. Morris clarifies that alien life would have “similar biological molecules” to humans and extra-terrestrials may have our “tendencies toward violence and exploitation”.
Ted Peters, professor of systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in California supposes that alien contact would drastically affect the world’s religions, possibly creating a collapse of “conventional wisdom”.
- Will confirmation of extra-terrestrial intelligence (ETI) cause terrestrial religion to collapse?
- What is the scope of God’s creation?
- What can we expect regarding the moral character of ETI?
- Is one earthly incarnation in Jesus Christ enough for the entire cosmos, or should we expect multiple incarnations on multiple planets?
- Will contact with more advanced ETI diminish human dignity?
He goes on say that the Bible supports aliens as part of God’s creation and “will be seen as the gift of a loving and gracious God”.
Even the US government is preparing for alien contact . . . or invasion.
On Easter last year, the Pentagon, headed by Professor Paul Springer, conducted a beta test alien invasion scenario.