According to experts in space travel, to have a drink in a hotel on the Moon with views over the Earth will be possible in less than 20 years’ time.
John Spencer, the founder of the Space Tourism Society, believes that the economic exploitation of the orbit of the Earth and of our neighbouring planets is inevitable. In 6 or 7 years’ time we will have the first space hotel with room for 40 people. In 5 years’ time it will be the fashion amongst the wealthy classes to experiment zero gravity and to take photos of the curvature of the Earth on a flight of Virgin Galactic or Space X and an orbital station for touristic use will be built by Bigelow Aerospace.
By then Planetary Resources will have perforated to find water and minerals in some of the 1,500 asteroids that regularly swarm around our planet and stratospheric leaps like that of Felix Baumgartner will be a new adventure sport.