The phrase "Fly Me to the Moon" will take on a new meaning in the near future, with the announcement that within the next five years, there will be a boutique hotel wealthy patrons can visit unlike anything on earth.
"Galactic Suites", a Barcelona based firm has said that as of now, the stay won't be for everyone, with a 3 day lunar vacation costing $4 million.
Among the unique factors that must be taken into account when planning and designing a hotel in space is how to get the hotel onto the moon. Xavier Claramunt, who is the company's director is a former aerospace engineer, and he says they have figured that out.
The three bedroom hotel will be in a Pod format, shaped to look like a molecule. The rooms will be relatively small, because they must fit onto the shuttle which will fly them into space.
"It's the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge," says Claramunt. "How to accommodate the more intimate activities of the guests is not easy."
Galactic Suites seem to have solved the problem of showering in space, they've planned a room in which water bubbles will be floating around.
While the price tag for this vacation may seem high, Galactic Suites executives have said that roughly 40,000 on the planet would be able to afford the travel. Supposedly, safety is also thoroughly watched, as the price tag includes an 8 week boot camp style training course for all those planning to take the excursion.
The one major drawback of this endeavor is the fuel burning, and pollution effect of firing a rocket to take just 6 guests into space, and bring them back 3 days later. For now, Galactic Suites says they have no plans to offset this effect.
"But," says Claramunt, "I'm hopeful that the impact of seeing the earth from a distance will stimulate the guests' urge to value and protect our planet."