Jun 29, 17 / Leo 12, 01 01:08 UTC
Lap of Luxury - Ideas of luxury in space ¶
I know, I know. "We need to focus on making the world a better place and having solutions for the problems we face." I agree. I saw this on a post as an argument that we shouldn't be focusing on luxurious things. At the time, I thought, well everything I've been reading is about making it out into space, rather than focusing on luxury as if just making a space station itself was a form of luxury which I disagree. However, that got me thinking about some kind of earthly comfort in space. One that immediately comes to mind is the sauna! What are things you would want to have or see, or experience that would be considered to be in the realm of luxury and something everyone can enjoy and what would it take to engineer or logistically plan out such a thing? Here's mine (caveat, I don't know what the logistics would be to accomplish such a thing although I did think about how it *could* be done):
I am a very mellow and relaxed kind of individual and one of my favorite past times is to sit and think, particularly in a super relaxed environment. Voila! Spa environments are one of the things that I find truly deeply enjoyable. It's a past time, particularly experienced by those of arctic cultures, from hot springs to spa resorts, there's just something about it. Now imagine this, on a space station you have a network of jacuzzis and steam/dry saunas, cold water showers and dips with body temperature jacuzzis. Only instead of relaxing underneath the clouds, you sit back in a jacuzzi to overlook earth and the moon and the stars. That would mind blowingly amazing.
It seems unfeasible. Water usage alone seems to be a rather large issue to say the least. Logistically I'd imagine windows to be able to see out with quite a view from the main room. The floor and walls probably could not be a kind of slate but rather metallic and kind of rubber substance for the floor to keep friction high so you don't slip and trip. Highly planned ducts for water recycling would be engineered of course. Traditionally you have that for jacuzzis for filtering and such but I imagine that would be overtly optimized for pretty much any kind of water usage, like the showers and steam sauna. The room would be half the height of the complex for under neath the floor (water tight, no way water gets down there) would be all the piping and electronics for easy access to be able to maintain it. It's interesting to think about it, would require a lot of planning. I would do it like the germans in financing it. Have it apart of a small tax. That way everyone gets to enjoy it because they pay for it as apart of the whole of the space station as well, the funds would be enough to facilitate it and have it decked out to the nines (very very nice in other words). Even though it seems unlikely, it's a fun thought exercise.
What luxurious things or comforts or exciting experiences would you like to see on board a space station?