Space tourism is rapidly moving from the realm of science-fiction to reality — some developers have promised to launch hotels into Earth's orbit as early as 2021.
In September, NASA astronauts toured a life-sized prototype of an inflatable habitat that could one day house astronauts on a journey to Mars. Bigelow Aerospace, the company behind that prototype, hopes to bring tourists into space as well, and it's not alone. Some developers are already selling reservations at future space hotels.
Designs for such in-orbit lodging vary: Some involve spacious inflatable habitats, others include condominiums, and one concept even promises villas in a rotating, wheel-shaped space station equipped with artificial gravity. Space tourists could one day get an immersive astronaut experience, be wined and dined with incredible views of the Earth, or even play zero-gravity games like Quidditch.
“Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World,” Tim Alatorre, an architect working on a space-hotel project called the Von Braun Space Station, told Dezeen.
Here's what future space lodging might look like.