CHAPTER 8

Ancient Monuments to the Stars

Two things fill the mind—the starry heavens above me and moral law within me.

—Immanuel Kant (philosopher)

Because astrotourism is a new field of travel, it continues to be defined; and what constitutes an astrotourist destination remains open to interpretation. Before the space age, there were no rocket launches to watch. As technology advances, the field of possibilities for today’s astro-adventure traveler continues to expand.

In Valerie Stimac’s recently published Lonely Planet guide, Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to AstroTourism (2019), research facilities are included, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, or CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Switzerland. ...

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