A Step Closer to 2001

We could see a hotel in space by 2010.

What makes Bigelow credible is the involvement of Lockheed Martin. The launch and successful deployment of the Genesis-1 module in July adds to the projects credibility.

Why is this important? Kubrick’s 1968 vision of 2001 is, in some respects surprisingly accurate, in some respects understandably incorrect (I’m thinking about the physical size of HAL-9000) and is some respects dead wrong. He clearly missed the 25 year long stall that NASA manned flight embodies. But mankind will not move in a big way into space until private enterprise gets involved. That’s starting now.

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