Astronauts Or What? Billionaires In Space – What To Call Them
Pardon me, my space nerd flag is flying high this week, as it should be. For this month regular people have launched into space. Well, "regular people" may not be the right word or phrase, but these guys definitely had the "right stuff"... money.
Am I jealous? Yeah, a little bit. I've always had the dream of being the first radio DJ in space, which probably still won't happen, but at least I can keep the dream alive now that regular people, not "trained astronauts", are actually making their way into space. Which brings us to this question:
What do we call them?
I know they're calling themselves "Astronauts" but that's not fair to what we consider to be real Astronauts. Real Astronauts trained for years for the chance to fly a spaceship into the great unknown or be a Mission Specialist, Scientist, Flight Engineer or whatever else NASA has sent up there. These folks with fat wallets are pioneers for sure, credit where it's due, but in reality, they were just passengers on these flights. They were not mission-critical in a technical sense, they were in a comfy chair, wearing a flight suit on a very expensive ride.
So what do we call them?
I think my partner Lisa Lindsey has come up with the perfect name, Spacengers. After all, "just because you have flown in a plane doesn't make you a pilot," she said.
Tell us what you think below, we want to hear if you like that or have a better suggestion.