Space will go commercial with 2015 launch of Bigelow inflatable room

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Bigelow Expandable Activity Module

An inflatable workroom from Bigelow Aerospace will be added to the International Space Station,  The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will head to low-Earth orbit (LEO) in 2015 aboard the Dragon, a rocket built and operated by the privately run, Elon Musk-founded company SpaceX.

 

 

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Boeing’s futuristic CST-100 space capsule tourists won’t hate

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Boeing CST-100 space capsule

When private space is an established industry in the not-so-distant future, different carriers will provide distinctive customer experiences for space tourists—just as Jet Blue and Delta airlines provide different inflight amenities. At least that’s what Boeing is banking on with its recently unveiled interior designs for the CST-100 space capsule.

 

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Foreign tourists could help the U.S. economy

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Non-resident visitors to the United States wait in line at immigration control at a U.S. airport.

Businesses salivate over the kind of foreign traveler Agustina Ocamp is.  He is a  22-year-old Argentine who recently dropped more than $5,000 on food, hotels and clothes in Las Vegas during a trip that also took her to Seattle’s Space Needle, Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. But she doubts she will return soon.

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Special Beer to be Tested in Near-Weightless Environment Will One Day be Served to Space Tourists

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Special beer is intended to be consumed by space tourists.

A stiff competition is going on between the space tourism companies to be the first to take you on adventurous journeys beyond the blue sky. Here is some great news for those beer lovers who are planning to buy a ticket to space. The 4-Pines Brewing Company (aka Vostok Pty Ltd) and Saber Astronautics Australia have teamed up to produce a special beer, which is indented to be consumed by space tourists in low gravity environments. Here is an excerpt from the Vostok Pty Ltd Facebook page:

 

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Transforming Albania’s 750,000 Mushroom Bunkers Into Hotels, Cottages and Bars

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Mushroom hotel room

Albania’s Enver Hoxha ruled from 1945 to 1985 and towards the end made North Korea’s Kim Jong-il look normal. Being a bit paranoid, he constructed an extraordinary three quarters of a million mushroom-shaped bunkers. That presents a lot of opportunity for creative repurposing and reuse.

 

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Subaquatic Sculpture Museum: World’s Largest Underwater Museum

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Vicissitudes show a circle of figures which are linked through holding hands.
They are life-size casts taken from a group of children

This winter, tourists to the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula off the coast of Cancun, Mexico will have one more thing to look forward to – an amazing underwater museum featuring 400 sculptures, inspired from both contemporary and Mayan influences. (Pics)

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Lotte Super Tower 123: Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Completed In 2014

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South Korea’s super skyscraper

A new super skyscraper has just been announced for South Korea and will tower over all other buildings in Asia when it is complete in 2014. From a global perspective, Lotte Super Tower 123, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, falls just short of taking the title, and will be not the tallest but the  second tallest skyscraper in the world. The structure will serve as the new corporate headquarters for the Lotte Group, whose subsidairy, Lotte Construction, will build it. Zoning has been approved and excavation is nearly complete. With aims towards LEED silver certification, the tower will have a strong environmental component and will offer Seoulians mixed-use areas such as shops, apartments, offices and a hotel. (Pics)

 

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