Sumary of Hilton’s bizarre 1967 plan for a space hotel:
- (CNN) — Two years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the Hilton chain of hotels was already planning to welcome guests in space..
- Hilton, who was then the president of the family business, proceeded to lay out a detailed plan that included both orbiting and lunar hotels..
- He died in 2019 and never saw his dream realized, but with space tourism potentially just around the corner and commercial space stations not too far away, an actual space hotel doesn’t sound too farfetched anymore..
- Lunar hotel Once the orbital capsules were established, Hilton’s next step was to build a fully fledged underground hotel on the moon, the Lunar Hilton..
- The entrance would have been at surface level, with the rest of the structure 20 to 30 feet underground, to keep a constant temperature more easily — surface temperature on the moon can vary from a scalding 260 F (127 C) to a freezing -280 F (-173 C)..
- “They wanted to retain as much of the feel of a hotel room on Earth as they could, within the limitations of space technology — which is kind of interesting, I think, because if you’re an astronaut, that’s probably the last thing you’re worried about,”.
- The key To better sell the idea, Hilton consulted with Don Douglas, then chairman of the McDonnell Douglas aircraft manufacturer, with a feasibility study done by students at Cornell University, who came complete with some interesting sketches and props..
- “So they came up with a sleek-looking key, but what we’ve actually been using as hotel keys for the last 25 years or so — the key card — was really beyond their comprehension.”…