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February 24th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

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If you could go to space, would you?  And why?

Leave your comments below.

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  1. Riley, Seattle

    Yes. Looking back at earth from a great distance would be an eye opener. Bipartisan politics, religious disputes and delusional dictators like Ghadafi and Mubarak would fade to blue. The question should be: Would I come back?

    February 24, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  2. Jack

    No, too much is happening right down here on earth. These days, you're taking your chances if you leave the planet for any more than two or three weeks. Especially if you're say, a Middle Eastern dictator or a Wisconsin union organizer.

    February 24, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  3. Bob,Horsham,Pa

    I would love to have the chance to take that Ride into Space,,not just to Orbit our Home Planet but to go out Further and spend time figuring out the meaning of why we are here in the first place

    February 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  4. rob

    If I had the chance to fly into space theres no doubt I would i do it. Ive been thinking for years how amazing it would be, just the thought of literally not being on the planet anymore is just mindblowing to me.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  5. Iconoclazt

    I would love to free myself from the grip of gravity. I actually want to be married in zero-gravity. I would love to see my home planet from the best perspective.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  6. Paul Toumey

    In a heartbeat! I would give up everything I have just to take a glimpse at the universe and to look down at our beautiful planet that is earth.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Mike, Rose. Virginia

    Heck yes strap me in! A chance to go up on the workhorse that has made our modern space aviation missions possible.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  8. Joshua J.

    I would love to travel to space. Its what we are lacking in todays world, a new frontier... With so much to learn about the universe and ourselves we can ill afford letting programs like nasa fill to the wayside... Unless you enjoy relying on Russia or China to ferry us to the Int'l space station...Taaaxiii

    February 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Rob Briggs

    When I was young I thought I wanted to go into space but no more. After the awe of the initial view out the window wears off it all seems quite boring and more like a cool and expensive ride for those with the Right Stuff. What do they ever accomplish except PR? With 23,000 hours in the sky already I am happiest on the ground.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Mike, San Diego

    If I had the opportunity to go into space I would not hesitate. I have dreamed of going into space for most of my life. I think Man's migration into space is inevitable. I would love to be one of those first pioneers.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Kyle F.

    I love to go in to space. I have always wanted to see many landmarks form space.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  12. Kyle F.

    I would love to go in to space. I have always wanted to see many landmarks form space.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  13. Jim McDade

    I have dreamed of space travel since I watched Alan Shepard ride the first American rocket into space 50 years ago this coming May 5th! During the launch, I would probably scream like a child about to receive a shot in the doctor's office, but the exhilaration of seeing our beautiful planet from the High Frontier would be more than worth it.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  14. Gayden Drew

    I have wanted to travel into space ever since I was a kid. I believe that exploration defines the American spirit! Nobody should pass up such an opportunity.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  15. Noel

    I'd go in a split second. I've spent my daydreaming life looking up there- yearning to explore it. I've started a separate retirement account for a ticket now that I can get one.

    Now will someone PLEASE tell me when I can buy my jetpack!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  16. Christopher Farkas

    I would give anything to get a chance to go visit our solar system and beyond. Confined to an electric wheelchair most of my life has been aggravating and, for just once in my life, I'd like to feel free by floating around in space! It's too bad NASA wouldn't give me the opportunity.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  17. RLD

    I would most definitely go into space it's a chance to make advancements for the entire human race.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  18. Pierre, Seattle

    Yes i would go into space if i got the opportunity. Since i was a child i've always been fascinated with astronomy and planetary science. i cant imagine what i would feel looking outside a window from a space station or a craft seeing a big blue sphere from space and around this sphere, a vast darkness with specks a light. It would be amazing.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  19. Josh

    I would love to go to space! Any opportunity to see earth or the rest of the universe would be great. It's exciting to actually see how small a part we are in the universe.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Anthony Schneider

    I've always dreamed of going to space to get a chance to grasp just how small we all really are. I imagine the view of the Earth from above is hard to comprehend, and in that sense it might be the most beautiful sight a human could ever see.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  21. CBM

    Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

    Why would leave a perfectly good planet?

    February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  22. Carl

    I would absolutely LOVE to see the blue marble from outer space. I'm 63 years old and remember the first manned landing on the moon. It still gives me goosebumps today.

    Launching into outer space would be the pinnacle of anyone's life.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Chris Que Psi Phi

    i would not hesitate to go out into space professionally and get paid for it, it's the perfect job

    February 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  24. Peggy

    Call me and beam me up now, NASA!

    I'm more than willing to be the first little old lady to go to Mars, the space station, the moon.....anywhere you want me to go!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Danielle

    I would go in a heartbeat! Will it ever be possible?

    February 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  26. P

    Yes, I would go to space in a heart beat! I'd like to see the effects it would have on a stage 4 cancer patient (ie haulting growth etc...).
    Of course, they would have to forego the physical!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Craig A.

    Strap me into the cargo bay, give me a digital camera, and some ice tea, and pinch me when the ride is over. The ultimate thrill would be a passenger not only for inner space, but deep outer space. I'd never want to ride a roller coaster again. What could top space flight!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  28. Siare Keating

    YES! I would do just about anything to be able to go to space. i think that would be amazing! I love the Stars and I feel that there is a very strong power above us and within that space. I am astonished by how awesome they are and find a lot of peace within the stars. I love learning about them and even just looking at them. For instance did you know that if you lay on a beach and lay still, you can watch the earth move? Its beautiful! Anyhow, YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!

    Can I go please?

    February 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  29. Justin Tyme

    Yes I would go into space with the main rason being that I truly believe that space exploration and colonization are essentially activities to the on going success of humanity. As resources, space, and time diminish here on our planet it is now more imparative then ever to come together not only as a nation but an entire species in order to secure our future and space is the answer. On another note, if we based our economy around such an ongoing effort and based the investment on all the potential resources of our solar system and indeed our whole universe then there would never be an economic collapse of over spending. After all, what is the price tag on life? I would like to think that it is priceless.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Fred C

    At the age of 77, I would go in a heartbeat. I have wanted to go since I watched the first one! I have the moon landing on video tape that I recorded while stationed in Germany. WOW what a trip that would be!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  31. Biruk

    I would most definitely would go to space so I can experience the view with my own eyes so I can answer my own question about How beautiful the outside part of this planet really looks outside from my own planet called Earth

    February 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  32. Carole, VA

    Strange as it may seem, the older I get, the more my answer becomes 'yes!' When I was younger, I was more concerned w/ my various responsibilities; now that I'm retired and no longer responsible for the caring and welfare of dependent children, etc., the more I feel I can indulge my own curiosity and sense of adventure. (Unfortunately, I'm also less likely to be physically able to complete the pre-flight training. Darn the passage of time & the aging process!)

    February 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  33. Dr. John F. Doorish

    Without a doubt I would go into space. For many reasons. The thrill alone is worth it, but even more, if we realize that the population of the world will soon get out of control, then the only alternative is to colonize space. Specifically, colonies on the Moon and Mars. There are technology companies that can build very livable habitats for the Moon and then Mars. We do have the technology to colonize. It will soon become a matter of survival of the Human Race, not to mention saving the Environment. The point is probably pointless now that Pres. Obama has ended the Lunar Mission scheduled for 2020. With a "typical politicians brain" Obama has consigned specifically American technology as well as the Education of our children to the dustbin !! The Sputnik era launched American Education to its' highest point. All by himself, Obama has destroyed our future. I realize that he and the rest of Washington are more interested in "Wall Street" than in our childrens Education or the survival of the Race, but it is a shame. Oh well, History will see Obama for the lack-of-a-mind that he is.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  34. Dave Hill

    A Clockwork Orange was about a gang of thugs, rape and ultra violence... no computer or high tech anything. HA!!! Your think of 2001 a space odyssey... I think the computer named Hal?

    February 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  35. Bob Eiesenhauer

    I sure would go into space. Give me the keys and light that candle.

    February 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  36. hempheart

    No thanks. 5 years after a space trip, a disturbing % of astronauts have developed cataracts from radiation exposure.
    And, I don't think I would enjoy pooping my pants day after day. Going to the "toilet" seems to be an arduous procedure. The place must reek!

    February 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  37. Rev. Bern

    I have always been fascinated by the technology associated with space travel. So yes, I would go in a heart beat. I used to joke with my friends that I will be the first chaplain in the ISS. You never know!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  38. Brian Knapp

    I would go to space at a moments notice. The number one reason is I love flying. As a 82nd Airborne paratrooper I jumped out of airplanes. I love heights. Humans are ready to take the biggest leap! If I had 20 million dollars I would book a flight with Space Adventures to go to the International Space Station. I would go to the moon with them too........ Can I borrow 120 million dollars? I will take donations sponsers whatever it takes. I would go to space with a uniform covered with sponsor's names if I had too!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  39. Mitch F.

    You Betcha ! Strap me in and light the fuse.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  40. Deb Jaimes

    Of course! I am a 'baby' of the space age! I cut my teeth on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs! My goal, since a young girl, was to study space medicine and live and work on the space station... of course, my idea of the space station was more like the image inspired by the Kubrick movie, "2001, A Space Odyssey". Things change, I'm now a retired R.N., with five grandkids... I still have interest in space and would love to soar into the vastness of it! Whether I will ever be able to or not is neither here nor there, but I can say this... it's a dream that has given me hope and inspiration for almost half a century!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  41. Mellissa

    I would love to go into space. I want to be an embryologist and wouls LOVE the chance to study the effects of space conditions on reproduction.
    earlier Bill Nye said there was a need for engineers. my husband has his master's in aerospace engineering, unfortunately he got his degree during the military downturn. so now he's a rubber engineer

    February 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  42. Tony Pfingston

    Absolutely! I've dreamed of space flight since before there was a 'space race'. I've watched it all, from Sputnik to the ISS. I really thought that we would have permanent colonies on the moon, outposts on Mars and possibly manned ships to the Jovian system by now. So, yes,definitely I would fly into space if I could.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  43. hempheart

    No thanks. A disturbing % of astronauts have developed cataracts 5 years after living in the space station due to radiation exposure.
    I don't think I would enjoy pooping my pants as the astronauts are often required to do and using the "toilet" is another delightful feature of space life.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  44. Karl Hiten

    Would I go up into Space ? Oh yes . In a heartbeat. If NASA asked for me to go on a Manned Mission to Mars, and told me that there would be no chance of me ever being able to return to Earth ( basically a death mission ), I would definately sign up for that trip. Space and the Planets fascinate me. I would go without a second thought. I've even told my wife before....if a UFO ever landed in my front yard, I would have to go out, and go inside, and leave with them. It's in me. I would have to. *Here's a quick story. Many years ago, when I was about 7 years old, my Mom told me that at 12:00 noon today, the Aliens were coming, and were going to pick up and take all the little boys back to Mars with them. So what did I do ? I went outside, sat on the sidewalk, and waited for them to come take me away. They failed to show up. Thanks for your time, Karl Hiten Lexington, Ky.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  45. Johnna A.

    I wouldn't have to think twice. Bags are packed, ready to rocket! Going boldly – it's the ONLY way to go!

    February 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  46. Alicia

    I would absolutely LOVE to go into space. When I was 14, I developed a deep interest and love for space, and I even went to Space Camp at 15 because I wanted to know even more, and would frequently watch the NASA Channel at home on my own free will. Even though I am in college, and switched my major in the beginning from Aeronautical Engineering to Public Relations, inside of me, I still have that dream to go into space and see what's up there. I love the idea of walking on the moon, and even though I don't exactly enjoy certain thrill rides, I think this is one I would really enjoy. For me, if I was an astronaut, knowing that I'm furthering people's knowledge of space and helping younger generations see the wonders of what's beyond the sky and helping them decide to become astronauts, as well as showing them how fun science can sometimes be would really be really fulfilling, and it would be all the payment I would ever need.

    February 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  47. Alex Vinson


    How humbling it must be to look down at our little rock that we call home and know that everyone that has ever lived and died called it home. It's got to feel amazing to see the Universe as our descendants will see it... aloft in space.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:47 am |
  48. Jim

    In a heart beat. Put me on the next one I am ready.

    February 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm |

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