The Final Frontier
February 9th, 2013 by Tatyana Levin
Fifty years ago when the space race was on, science fiction writers were writing about a distant future where people lived in colonies in space. At the time when countries were still scrambling to build the technology to get them to space, so the idea of very much more seemed far away, at best and unfeasible at worst.
But now, 50 years later, the idea is being revisited by potentially realistic dreamers. Or at least people with big money and big ideas.
Space is no longer for astronauts and highly trained dogs; it can be accessed by ordinary people (with a lot of money).
Now that space travel for recreational purposed and out of sheer curiosity for those who can afford it, the next step is building in space, and there are some real estate developers who are already planning on it.
Robert Bigelow, a real estate developer from Las Vegas, has plans to great inflatable space stations, allowing them to be bigger than the current ones whose sizes are limited because they need to be towed out into space.
Maybe one day we will be selling commercial property in space. If history has taught us anything, it is that no scientific goal is unattainable.
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