Prince William is not a fan of space tourism
Prince William has called on the world’s greatest minds to focus on repairing Earth rather than finding new planets to settle in, and he’s not intrigued by space tourism.
The heir to the British throne made the remarks during a 30-minute interview with BBC TV news program broadcast on Thursday, October 14, the day after Blue Origin launched “Star Trek” actor William Shatner and three other people in the suborbital space. The prince, who is a trained helicopter pilot, also revealed he would not consider go to space himself.
“I was up to 65,000 feet (19,000 meters) once on a plane, and it was really terrifying. It’s pretty high,” William told the BBC’s Adam Flemming. “You don’t become weightless, but the sky is black above you and you can see the curve of the Earth.”
Video: William Shatner watches Earth from space at Blue Origin launch
In picture : William Shatner’s space launch with Blue Origin
The interview focused on the Earthshot Prize, a new award in search of revolutionary ideas that will help protect the environment in the climate crisis.
The Earthshot Prize, funded by the Royal Foundation, a charity of Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has no less ambition than to become the largest environmental prize in history, said the prince william. The scale of the challenge facing the planet demands that the world’s brightest people look to Earth for the benefit of all mankind, the prince suggested.
âWe need some of the greatest brains and minds in the world determined to try to fix this planet, not to try to find the next place to go to live,â he said. “We have 10 years of critical period where we have to make inroads and find solutions, because after 2030 things are going to get worse quickly.”
Despite the Earth-focused prince’s mindset, the name of the award is an obvious nod to the famous moon shot, the concerted effort of the US space industry in the 1960s to land a man on the moon in 1970, at the instigation of US President John F. Kennedy.
“The original genesis of [the Earthshot Prize] is trying to capture the ingenuity, problem solving and ambition of the Moonshot, based on JFK’s idea of ââbringing a man to the moon and all the technology and advancements that came with it, âsaid Prince William said in the interview “We are trying to galvanize and push the solutions forward.”
The award will announce its first group of winners on Monday, October 17 in London, awarding Â£ 1million ($ 1.37million) to the best ideas in five categories focusing on climate, clean air, waste management, nature protection and ocean revitalization.