Just Like The Mall Back Home

How can you add a new edge to the retail park experience? And how can you get into the pockets of the richest people there are? From the sound of discussions at the Space 2006 conference, the answer is to leverage the public sector into the space industry and start getting retail outlets into orbit, so that bored space tourists have somewhere to get a good cup of joe. Should the delights of retail therapy start to pale, they might be able to shuttle over to the Moon, where another NASA boffin proposes we should build an immense library and book repository. All great ideas, of course, but I’d be more pleased to see concrete solutions to actually getting people and materials up into space in the first place.