A selection of space travel posters for Europa, Titan, Enceladus and more, courtesy of NASA/JPS-Caltech.
A selection of space travel posters for Europa, Titan, Enceladus and more, courtesy of NASA/JPS-Caltech.

The Intergalactic Travel Bureau, with Emily Rice

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
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Thinking about a quick road trip to the rings of Saturn? Or wingsuiting through Titan’s thick atmosphere? How about snapping pictures as the geysers of Europa explode? On this episode of StarTalk All-Stars, host and astronomer Emily Rice, comic co-host Harrison Greenbaum, and astronomer and science educator Jana Grcevich explore interplanetary space tourism. Jana is also the co-author of Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler! which was published, in part, by the Intergalactic Travel Bureau – “the resource for all your luxury space travel needs.” You’ll hear more about the creation of Jana’s book and how she first got involved in planning space vacations. Explore the future of space travel (and safety) and whether kids will ever be included among those who get to travel the stars. Ponder the best place to put a space prison. Jana tells us her favorite, actually two favorite, vacation spots in the solar system. We also answer your fan-submitted Cosmic Queries. Discover more about planetary protection: if we travel to these places, how can we make sure we aren’t harming them in the process? All that, plus, we discuss what the near future holds for space tourism.

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