You may or may not be aware that we’re currently halfway through World Space Week, a week dedicated to the insight and excitement of space exploration. To coincide with the week-long event, a new survey by Africa Odyssey has revealed who we’d like to accompany us on that possible trip up to space and some of the results are surprising, to say the least.
Sir David Attenborough is the UK’s favourite choice of celebrity space travel companion with 30 per cent of respondents voting for the veteran broadcast and naturalist. Physicist and presenter Brian Cox came in second place at 22 per cent, which makes total sense as he’d certainly know a fair bit about his surroundings and is sure to keep the conversation interesting.
What’s most surprising though is that 14 per cent of Brits would love to be joined by Rihanna on their travels to space. Why? We’re not exactly sure, but it’d definitely give us a chance at getting a front row ticket to her first gig in space… We might even get to see her perform remixed versions of some of her biggest classics, from ‘Rude (Space) Boy’ to ‘Only Girl (In Space)’… We’ll stop now.
Others to rank highly include Meghan Markle, Elon Musk and George Clooney, whilst Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump also got a few suspect votes.
Marc Harris, Founder and Managing of Odyssey Travels and Africa Odyssey, said about Attenborough’s big space win:
It seems that Sir Attenborough has genuinely inspired a nation when it comes to awareness of the natural world around us. He ranked top of our space travel survey due to his intellect – and his influence on environmental awareness when it comes to travel is also clear.
The research also set out to find out what aspirational Brits would make a priority if they found themselves with $250,000 in their bank account – a rough estimation of how much a “space tourism” flight might cost. Turns out only 3 per cent would be interested in buying their ticket to space whilst 69 per cent of us would prefer to “invest the money sensibly”. Fair enough.