A hotel on the Moon – that sounds quite utopian if not absurd. Fact is, there are people thinking about colonising and inhabiting space or other celestial bodies, since man has been busy flying into space. And if we believe the statements of different companies that are planning hotels beyond the Earth, there has to be a great demand. This would actually be also necessary to make this project lucrative. Or is it merely the prestige and publicity, which are reaped by such an undertaking and hence would justify it?
Looking at the history of these ideas, the first suggestions of a permanent space station that were meant seriously, which could be used for visitors, surfaced at the beginning of the 50’s. An impressive draft was created by the German-American engineer Wernher von Braun (1912–1977) in 1952. One has to realize that at that point not even a probe had been sent into space, never mind whether manned space travel would ever turn into reality.
A leading role in this race for the first moon hotel, takes the »Lunar Hilton Hotel«. In 1958, this idea of a moon hotel was brought into fruition in context with a media coverage about an event and has been appearing in the media in regular intervals, since then. It is not quite clear, however, whether the plans will actually be realized or whether this is a clever marketing stunt. Here the design of the British architect Peter Inston.
There is talk that the Lunar Hilton will open its gates in 2050 and you, as a space tourist, could book, for example, one week stay for 30,000 USD. This makes one think. Would you do it?
Nowadays, the plans around the moon colonisation, appear to be a little outdated, one actually wants to go further. What did the former Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin say, who was the second human who set foot on the Moon after Neil Armstrong in 1969:
»Forget the Moon! Let’s head to Mars!«