Sometimes you just need to get away. Sure, you could book a trip to the Bahamas, or Hawaii, or you could choose a destination that’s a little further out there. Like outer space. Imagine being able to play astronaut for a few days, while you unplug from your job and the daily grind. You’ll get your chance soon since a new luxury hotel is launching 200 miles above the Earth. It’s called Aurora Station.
Space tourism is all the rage right now, despite the fact that we can’t go to Mars and beyond just yet. Aurora Station is a project designed to let ordinary humans live out their Astronaut dreams above the Earth for 12 days. And even though you are off-planet, you’ll have all the luxuries of home, thanks to a luxury hotel in zero gravity.
The hotel aims to welcome its first guests by 2022, and who knows? Maybe one day it will be a gathering place for humans and aliens as they travel to and from the Earth. This is basically a mini space station that consists of a modular capsule that has enough room to accommodate four guests and two crew members at a time.
During your stay, you can participate in research experiments like growing food, experience virtual reality on an actual holodeck, and live-stream with those jealous humans back home. The company behind the project, Orion Span, will only charge you $9.5 million per person for your 12-day stay. That breaks down to $791,667 per night. That price tag leaves most of us Earthbound, but if you have the money this will be the ultimate experience.
A deposit of $80,000 will secure your reservation. You better be in good shape though, because you’ll have to undergo an intensive three-month astronaut certification program to train for launch, re-entry, and contingency scenarios. Guests will also be required to do exercise during their stay aboard Aurora.
Start saving your money and get ready for your trip to the final frontier.
Photo credit: Orion Span
Check Out This Amazing Footage Of The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base last Thursday was visible across Southern California and Arizona, lighting up the skies with a spectacular display that had social media in a frenzy.
Those of us outside of the area were stuck watching the random clips posted on social media, mostly sub-par cell phone footage that regular people took. But luckily, photographer Jesse Watson captured some stunning time-lapse imagery from his hometown of Yuma, Arizona, using a series of cameras and lenses to capture this amazing spectacle in all its glory.
As you can see, he absolutely nailed it, shooting 2452 images and whittling it down to 1315 images, which he used to make this incredible time-lapse video you see here. Impressive work, to say the least!
Elon Musk Shares Photo Of SpaceX’s First Working Spacesuit
Elon Musk just debuted the first photo of the SpaceX spacesuit that will be used for their upcoming missions on Instagram, stating that the minimalist white prototype “actually works” and had already been tested under near to double vacuum pressure.
Musk notes that it was incredibly hard to “balance aesthetics and function”, but we think the SpaceX design team knocked it out of the park, with a form-fitting suit that looks supremely cool. NASA’s bulky space suits of the past have nothing on this!
SpaceX is planning a maiden voyage to the moon for its first two paying customers next year, where they will likely be sporting these suits.
Check Out These Incredible Photos From Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year In Space
Earlier this week, US astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after completing an ambitious year-long mission to explore and help document the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body. For the past 340 days, Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko circled the Earth more than 5000 times from the International Space Station, and he documented the #YearInSpace journey on social media for all to see.
Perched 249 miles above the Earth’s surface, Kelly snapped hundreds of beautiful photos and shared them with his millions of social media followers. It gave us an opportunity to see Earth from a completely different perspective, and it was really something else.
To celebrate Kelly’s return, we thought it’d be the perfect time to share some of his remarkable photos:
To see the rest of Scott Kelly’s amazing photos, head over to @StationCDRKelly on Twitter.