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Meet LEO – The Most Sought After Address Isn’t Even On Earth

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Move over Paris, Rome, New York, Miami and San Francisco…  There’s a new attraction like no other about to take the traveling to a whole new level.  It’s called LEO (Low Earth Orbit).  You may not be familiar with the acronym “LEO”, however, soon enough, it will be as common as the term NASA or the word Space.  LEO, or referred to as Suborbital, is where Space Travel will initially take place.  To give you an idea of how far Low Earth Orbit is, if you were to drive a car straight up into the sky, it would take you approximately 3 hours to enter LEO.  Most defintions refer to it as the area located from 100 miles to 1,240 miles (160-2,000 km) above the Earth’s surface.  Low Earth Orbit is also the place where the International Space Station is located.  All human spaceflights have occurred in Low earth Orbit except the Apollo programs which consisted of flights to the moon.  The International Space Station is located in LEO as well maintaining an altitude of about 200 miles above Earth.  Beyond Low Earth Orbit, There’s 2 other areas the extends beyond Sub Orbital called MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and HEO (High Earth Orbit).

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As Space Travel continues its growth, the understanding of Low Earth Orbit will become more transparent.  Think of LEO as a travel destination that is literally “out of this world”.  Never in the history of mankind, have civilians had the opportunity to travel to space.  Going to space has always been limited to astronauts who conduct science missions in an effort to better understand the world we live in.  But now, space trips will be the new “it” thing for any and everybody.  Traveling to Low Earth Orbit will begin with just short trips which will last a couple hours and the entire trip will be completed in one day.  That does not include the couple days of training that is required prior to a space trip.  As space tourism becomes more affordable for the non rich and famous, vacations in Low Earth Orbit will be the norm with space hotels, space restaurants and an array of tours and activities.  Imagine Disney World before it was Disney World.  It was nothing but a piece of land.  Walt Disney transformed that piece of property into a magical experience like no other.  LEO is that piece of land floating above Earth that will soon take a transformation similar to that of Disney World but on a colossal scale.

Planning LEO Trips

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Just as reservations are made for airfares and hotels on Earth, space trips to Low Earth Orbit will be the similar.  As discussed here, it’s important that you seek the assistance of space travel agency and other accredited directories to ensure you will get the most out of your space trip including protecting your investment with space travel insurance with going into Low Earth Orbit.  The primary difference with space trips are the preparations involved and the unfamiliar first-hand-experience of this virtually untapped market.  That’s why its critical to consult professional guidance when reserving your seat to LEO.  With the increase in space traffic, we’ll become more accustom to the do’s and don’ts, pro’s and con’s and helpful tips, provided to us by unbiased space travel review sites like that of TripAdvsior.com.  Space Bio will also serve as your trusted guide to candid space trip reviews as they occur.  In the meantime, our review page includes reviews from space attractions currently offered on Earth and space travel experiences from the few that have actually voyaged into LEO.

Space Junk in LEO

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The LEO environment is filled with space junk which has caused a growing number of concerns in recent years due to the possibility of collision with spaceflights that are conducted in Low Earth Orbit.  There are millions of space debris objects floating in space including approximately 1 million objects larger than 2 millimeters in LEO.  Most of all of the space debris is not visible from Earth.  Satellites and space probes all are contributing factors to space junk.  Most of all the space waste was created by humans and serves no useful purpose.  The Kessler Syndrome (aka Kessler Effect) is a scenario developed by NASA scientist, Donald J. Kessler, to which the increase of density caused by space junk would result in a cascade effect only furthering the accumilation of space debris.  Think of it as the Snow Ball effect or Domino Effect.

 

Want to experience a sunrise in Low Earth Orbit?  Check out this amazing HD video of what a sunrise will look like from LEO:

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