There comes a time when one small step for man is not enough. The entrepreneur will always want more, setting his sights on the stars . . . literally! The world of science fiction and space travel could be closer than we think and it’s not NASA that’s leading the way anymore, its private business. The U.S. and Russia may have started the drive with the space race of the 1960s, but bragging rights for that have already been claimed. Minds have been wondering what else is possible ever since because there is still a lot of unclaimed discoveries to be made with an entire universe to explore. A team of 25 international artists have gotten together with aerospace engineers, scientists and visionaries to come up with ideas for what civilian space travel might look like in “Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Travel.” They need to reinvent the wheel and overcome many obstacles if space travel is to become a future destination. What will the commercial spaceship look like? Where will travelers eat? Will there be houses or resorts? What parts of the universe will be tourist attractions? Everything from the practical to the trivial has been fleshed out; and “Free Enterprise” is designed to showcase what seems both possible and impossible. Have the artists envisioned an impossible utopian society or the possible Motel 6 of space?
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