when I was a lad, each rocket lift off by NASA was a thrill. You never knew if they were going to go up or blow up. We are well beyond that now. Mankind has been to the moon, we have a permanent space station, and SpaceX and others launch re-usable rockets.
But space exploration is still very, very expensive. That is, unless you only want to go up to around 100,000 feet. Then all you need is some low-tech gear. This is turning into a hobby for some.
The next step? DYI orbitals? DYI visits to the moon? And eventually, holidays on mars?
My own guess — we will move from having a space station to a space-vacation destination. A resort type thing that is way, way out there. Imagine — weightless yoga! Not to mention the erotic opportunities.
Up for it?