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First Look at Space Hotel

While several companies are vying to be the first to give space tourists a flight into earth orbit, one group, Orbital Technologies is aiming to be the first to give them a place to stay. They have plans for a Commercial Space Station which could house up to seven guests. I wonder it the space [...]

Does the UN Have an Ambassador Assigned to Talk to Aliens?

Initial news reports indicated that the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs had designated Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, to make first contact with any aliens that arrive at Earth. Dr. Othman asserts that this report completely misunderstood her role at the UN: Othman sent the paper an e-mail saying, “It sounds really cool but [...]

Early Space Station Design Concepts

In the 50s and 60s, scientists were already thinking about what a space station in Earth orbit might need, what it might look like. Surprisingly, many of the concepts were not that far off from reality, including a design concept that was made back in 1869. This was an Earth-based research/fantasy concept called “BRICK MOON” [...]