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A custom Porsche 911 Safari, edible invasive species, a hotel in space and more from around the web

2021’s Dazzling Stargazing Events Following 2020’s uncommon and inspiring roster of celestial happenings, 2021’s heavenly events will keep us gazing skyward. From February’s Venus-Jupiter conjunction to May’s “Blood moon” total lunar eclipse and the peak of the Perseid meteor showers in August, spectacular astronomical delights will unfurl. While some will cross entire continents, others will manifest in specific destinations. See all of this cosmic calendar—and …

Kyoto University Develops the First-Ever Wooden Satellite

In an effort to reduce space waste and the numerous safety concerns associated with the vast amount of debris in the cosmos, Kyoto University is developing a satellite with a shell made of timber, designed to burn up completely upon reentry into the atmosphere after its life cycle. Former astronaut Takao Doi leads the team at Kyoto University, who work in conjunction with the Japanese …

Axiom’s Space Hotel Planned for 250 Miles Above Earth

Philippe Starck has designed the guest rooms within a new hotel from Axiom—but this property is set to be located in space, 200+ miles above Earth’s surface. Axiom Space (co-founded by Michael Suffredini, the former manager of the International Space Station) plans to launch the first-ever commercial space, in space, in 2024 for around $2 billion. Former NASA chiefs and astronauts are helming the endeavor, …