Want to hop on a balloon and see outer space?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

World View balloon
Wow, that’s scary high. What safety features does this come with anyway?

Whenever I see pictures of space from NASA, I’m blown away by the magnificent colors and shapes out there in the cosmos. Don’t get me wrong, the images are fabulous, but sometimes I wish I could go high above Earth and see it for myself. Well, with a ticket from World View Enterprises, all I have to do is hop on a balloon and soar almost 100,000 feet into the air!

I know it’s crazy, but the company revealed their plans to take passengers about 19 miles above our planet to see space for themselves. World View’s chief executive officer Jane Poynter said, “We look forward to pioneering this new, accessible, and affordable spaceflight regime, and to sharing the breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experience with people from around the globe.” According to their estimates, it’ll take a couple of hours to ascend and once the balloon reaches maximum height, the spacecraft will stay there for 2 hours before beginning its descent back to Earth. If everything goes smoothly, World View Enterprises will lift eager passengers high into the sky about six people at a time. I just hope patrons have enough money saved up by then, because tickets will sell for around $75,000 a pop!

What the heck, didn’t Poynter say the trip would be affordable? It actually is when compared to other companies that take individuals into space. For example, XCOR Aerospace charges their customers $95,000 for a ride, and Virgin Galactic asks for $250,000! Doesn’t seem so expensive now, huh? For a once-in-a-lifetime-experience, I’d say it’s totally worth it.

“Seeing the Earth hanging in the ink-black void of space will help people realize our connection to our home planet and to the universe around us, and will surely offer a transformative experience to our customers,” said Poynter.

Images courtesy of World View Enterprises.