Living in space

NASA unveiled plan for private space homes

NASA unveiled the design for its first ever space homes. Designed by French designer, Philippe Starck, the structure will accommodate tourists visiting the International Space Station in 2024.

While placing our species on the moon remains the one of the top human achievements, allowing people to visit and stay in a space module might just about top it.

To complete this difficult project, NASA joined forces with Texas-based start-up Axiom to take visitors to our solar system by 2024. Philippe Starck was put in charge of the interiors for each space unit. According to Starck, the design will be “a home base for professional astronauts and private explorers.”

unhibited views of outer space

The modules will provide accommodation to national astronauts from countries that are not currently part of the International Space Station partnership. All Axiom flights to space will be commanded by professional astronauts.

What’s more, any government or person that pays the cost of the flight (which has been reported to be over £25,000) and passes a basic physical examination may board a flight. Prior to the launch, however, private citizens will be trained by Axiom professionals at its facilities in Houston. The trips will last roughly 10 days, with eight of them spent aboard the International Space Station.

Starck said “Our goal was not to create a copy of life on earth but to create the best environment for human beings in this infinite territory. My vision is to create a comfortable egg, friendly, where walls are so soft and in harmony with the movements of the human body in zero gravity.”

Views from the living module

Each unit features padded wall, touch screens and LED lights as well as handrails for easier navigation in zero gravity. The current plan calls for the space homes to be attached to the International Space Station, with the goal of eventually having a cluster of homes branching off and turning into self-sustained structures.

The views are definitely the most appealing part of living within one of these space modules. Each module will be fitted with large windows, allowing for unparalleled views of Earth and beyond. Some of the convenience of conventional life will be on board the space module, including WIFI.

Building a space module won't be an easy task .“A space station is ruled by a fundamental law: zero gravity. And it changes everything,” explains Starck.

“Life on Earth is held down by gravity, but life in space is a multi directional freedom: There is no horizontal, no vertical, even no diagonal. And functions are new, sometimes unknown. At the same time, it is a difficult place, with difficult rules, but it also gives an infinity of solutions.” he said.

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