In case you thought you'd heard of everything, I have to ask if you heard about the new luxury hotel that Russia is planning to build.
According to the article I've linked below, the Russians are planning to build an add-on module for the International Space Station, that is going to be a luxury hotel.
Russia's plan to build a luxury hotel on the ISS
"UNDERNEATH" the ISS in the picture above is the NEM-1 Science and Power Module, at left. At right, looking a lot like the NEM-1, is the new hotel module.
I just love this idea. The problem is, the timetable is kinda tight. The end of the article states:
"Currently, the launch of the NEM-1 module is planned for 2021. In the meantime, the retirement of the ISS is looming in 2028.Now, in case you haven't been reading my other blog posts on the particular subject about which I am going to speculate right now, for years I have been contemplating the question of what human couple is going to accomplish the first human coupling in the environment of outer space. To state it more succinctly, who is going to be the first man and woman to have sex in Earth orbit? Now, I don't know who it's going to be, but I will tell you right now, if this Russian ISS hotel actually gets off the ground and attached to the ISS, that's where it will occur. GUARANTEED. It's too "juicy" an opportunity to pass up.
RKK Energia estimates that it would take at least five years to build the tourist module, which means that if the work began right away, it would make it to the station in 2022 or later. Hence, the project might not have those seven years required to pay off the investments. Also the project will be vulnerable to currency exchange fluctuations and cost overruns, the authors of the study said."
If you want to read other of my posts on this subject, just use the words "sex" and "space" in the search box. Or click right here. (There are a couple of other post not on that subject included, but you'll get several of my previous musings on the topic.)
And with that, I conclude the 2017 blogging year. See you in 2018, and look for my predictions!