The Onion tweaks space tourism

The satirical publication The Onion has its own take on space tourism today where friends of a space tourist ridicule him for taking a boring trip:

Despite having never visited outer space before in his life and being completely free from the everyday demands of work, family, and gravity, space tourist Dick Knowles spent his entire 19-day, $7 million vacation holed up inside the space shuttle Atlantis, sources reported Monday.

Among his sins: staying in the shuttle, never leaving orbit, not “sampling the local cuisine”, and, perhaps worst of all, failing “to meet or interact with anyone during his vacation who was not also from Earth.” As one “friend” put it, “He didn’t even visit the moon, for Christ’s sake. Who goes to space and doesn’t visit the moon?”

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