2019 is the year that one of my childhood dreams becomes a reality “space tourism“. Regular trips will be offered by Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX. Even more amazing is that in 2022 you will actually be able to spend a holiday in space in the Aurora Station. A holiday in space, oh my…
Needless to say that we live in an amazing time in human history where technology is offering us opportunities that only a few years ago were thought impossible.
I first got to think about space tourism thanks to an interview, I saw on the need for space tourists to be prepared. In this interview the VRT interviewed Nancy Vermeulen (see photo) a colleague speaker, astrophysicist, airline pilot, commander and chief organizer of the “MDRS90” Mars Simulation Mission and founder of the “Space Training Academy“.
When I saw this interview I was immediately asking the questions: “How will the body deal with this unprecedented experience?” How will the body deal with the stress of forces equal to three times Earth’s gravitational force during lift-off and weightlessness? But also how will body, mind and spirit cope with an unprecedented experience in our evolution… seeing the earth for the first time in its entirety. (also read the article “SpaceX’s moon loop will affect passenger’s health” by Rachel Becker)
This overview effect might be life-changing for some in a positive way but for others, it might leave a devastating effect when suddenly faced with the reality that the earth is but a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.
How many units of stress would Holmes and Rahe give space travel on their Stress Inventory? Knowing when you have 300 units with a year the likelihood of becoming ill or having an accident is increased with 70%.
All of these questions were going through my mind…
Wouldn’t it make sense to make sure your body is in a state of dynamic balance to cope with the extra stressors put on it before and after ‘the’ flight of a lifetime?
So I contacted Nancy and arranged to meet… because who better to ask than the person that trains the space tourists.
Turned out to be a very inspiring conversation for both of us with many new insights and a plan to put to the test my theory during one of her training sessions using the simulator.
To be continued.
Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach for Space Tourists 😉, Speaker, Author of “Futurize Yourself“