In the summer of 2002, eighty-one students, faculty and staff of RIT took a survey that was aimed at determining the possible employees expectations about the risk compensation if hired to work in space. Every mission in space entails a certain degree of health damage; the length of stay is directly related with more risk involved. The survey results help understand rough estimations of risk acceptance of the future space labor force (cosmonauts and astronauts not included). Three sets of questions described the consequences of space missions (short, month-long and long), where the extent of health damage is directly dependent on the length of the trip. The respondents had to choose the amount of material compensation, if they were recruited. Some demographic information was collected regarding the gender and age, which might help identify the groups of people most likely accept such job. The findings of the research have verified that level of perceived risk in space tourism occupation is directly related to the expected level of compensation and inversely related to the number of people willing to risk their health for the anticipated remuneration. The amount of an expected annual income, if hired to work in space, increased three times higher when compared to the expected earth annual income (US $164,056 and $50,546 respectively).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Space tourism--Health aspects; Space tourism--Safety measures; Industrial safety

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Department, Program, or Center

Hospitality and Tourism Management (CAST)


Wallington, Clint

Advisor/Committee Member

Myers, James


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