There’s something about space travel that’s captivates us all. Whether it’s watching space shuttles take off from Cape Canaveral or watching science fiction films like Star Wars or Star Trek, we’d all like to imagine traveling through space. As science fiction as it may seem to most, space travel for everyday citizens might not be too far away.
Many people’s interests were piqued recently when Boeing announced they were expanding their efforts into space travel in the coming years, opening up an area of travel that was previously reserved for astronauts and ridiculously wealthy space tourists. On the heels of that announcement, another stride is being made in space travel that involves lodging, in what can only be referred to as a space hotel. The Daily Mail reports that a Russian technology firm is making plans for a space hotel, with their first guests possibly being in 2016.
Orbital Technologies is moving forward in developing an orbiting hotel that will serve as accommodations for space tourists, but also as an overflow for the International Space Station. Depending on demand, the hotel could have as many as seven guestrooms. It’s unclear how exactly all the necessary funds will be raised to make this dream a reality, but even the thought of it opens up the flood gates of more discussions on how to make space traveler a cheaper reality.
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