Kerala's Santhosh George Kulangara Could Be India's First Space Tourist Via Virgin Galactic: Things To Know

A new age in space exploration has begun. Individuals can now enjoy a trip of space, thanks to private interests. Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, both billionaires and founders of space firms, recently traveled into space, but the latter's voyage was contentious.

Santhosh George Kulangara was on a train in the United Kingdom when he saw an advertisement for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. It happened in the year 2005.

Kulangara has been waiting for his chance to go into space for a long time. He was chosen by Virgin Galactic to be taken into space in 2007. Virgin hasn't said when he'll be launched into space. However, the 49-year-old believes it will happen soon, especially following Bezos and Branson's recent space adventures.

Santhosh George Kulangara, a Kerala native, joined Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in 2005 at the age of 49. And now, thanks to Virgin Galactic, he may become India's first space visitor. It's unclear when the globetrotter, who has traveled to 130 countries on seven continents, will board, but reports suggest he'll be among the first.

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Here are ten things you should know about this media mogul traveler throughout the world:

1.       He came upon an advertisement in a newspaper while traveling by train in the United Kingdom in 2005. Richard Branson was encouraging people to join him on a space journey in this advertisement.

2.       Following a series of stages and interviews, he was accepted as India's first space visitor in 2007.

3.       The trip will cost around 1.8 crore rupees. However, there are other costs such as training. In 2011, he completed one training program at the Kennedy Space Center.

4.       The training included feeling weightless, like in a zero-gravity scenario, and feeling six times heavier, among other things.

5.       According to him, space travel is only the beginning of a new age for commercial space colonization. "Space tourism is just a sci-fi venture. This has the potential to be the next big thing for mankind."

6.       Santhosh George Kulangara, the founder and managing director of Safari TV, is a well-known personality on Malayalam television.

7.       The founder and "chief explorer" of Safari TV — a television station dedicated to global exploration and travel — has visited over 130 countries on seven continents throughout his nearly two-decade career.

8.       Sancharam, which is known as Malayalam's first visual travelogue, broadcasts all of his journeys. Chandrayaan is an English film directed by Santhosh George Kulangara. In 1997, he embarked on a solo adventure around the world.

9.       Nepal was the first country he visited, followed by the Maldives. Following that, he traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. From the border settlement of Sunoli, he had crossed the India-Nepal border on foot.

10.   Santhosh has stated in interviews that he intends to take his camera, his constant friend, to space.

11.   He mentions it on his website "My toiling day and night provided the funds for each of my visits. In that vein, my adventure continues ".

12.   Santhosh also serves on the Kerala State Planning Board part-time.