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Design for the first "Space Hotel" revealed.

A 190 metre diameter wheel, containing 24 accommodation pods around its perimeter, will revolve to provide a semblance of gravity. Facilities are planned to be comparable to a cruise liner.
Quoted timescale target of 2025 seems highly optimistic though!

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9846549/worlds-first-space-hotel-revealed/
The design has been around for a long time. However, the cost and logistics may make it 2050 rather than 2025.
 

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The concept art for this article is deceptive. The Earth appears to be a nice, calm, sphere floating at the bottom of the window in each image; in reality the Earth would be spinning around at approximately one RPM. making the space tourists nauseous. This is something Kubrick got right in his movie; the Earth can be seen through the windows spinning around like fun..


 

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Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet
By Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News
  • 1 hour ago
Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting within the habitable zone of a distant star.
The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life.
Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could be produced by living organisms.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49648746
 
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