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Quality journalism bastion Playboy has teamed up with boffins at Virgin Galactic to create the one thing missing in the universe - a Playboy Club in space. Enlisting the help of futurists as well as rocket scientists from the civilian space company of Richard Branson, Playboy has envisioned what it calls a "celestial mecca" for …

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Anonymous Coward

So that's why he was after the .xxx domain

and now he's got it back.

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Paris Hilton

Zero gravity sex-suites?

Pity the poor cleaners!

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Re: Zero gravity sex-suites?

So that's what the vats of "organic material" are for.

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Re: Re: Zero gravity sex-suites?

Would there be a problem with....fluids?

Although the idea of zero-G breasts sounds pretty cool.

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Re: Re: Re: Zero gravity sex-suites?

"Would there be a problem with....fluids?"

Probably, except for a certain fluid which is excreted... shall we say... under pressure?

"...Although the idea of zero-G breasts sounds pretty cool..."

Sure would preclude the need for push-up bras, huh? Aaahhhh-wrrroooooooo.

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How youthful

> The ship, which clearly owes some design inspiration to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will be a stationary, zero-gravity superstructure and an outer ring that spins centrifugally, thereby creating artificial gravity.

ST:DSN? Try 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Re: How youthful

Agreed...

Also, what's with the windows on the exterior of the rim in Playboy's fantasy orbiter? Aren't the boots supposed to walk on that? At least in 2001 A.S.O., the windows are on the side where they make sense...

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Re: How youthful

Thanks - I came here to say that.

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Re: How youthful

I could have accepted a reference to Deep Space 9 if they'd at least tried for some humour and referred to Deep Space 69 instead, but sadly another punning opportunity missed. Though points for the "in spaaaaaaace" headline.

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Re: Re: How youthful

"I could have accepted a reference to Deep Space 9 if they'd at least tried for some humour and referred to Deep Space 69 instead..."

Could be some copyright issues... I understand Deep Space 69 is the planned name for the Hustler space station.

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Three Words

Exploding Bulgarian Funbags.

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Re: Three Words

zero gravity != zero pressure

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Bah!

If the atmosphere inside is to American standards is does. About 5psi if I remember correctly. Makes the engineering of the seals and hull easier.

If they go with the Russian model you are right.

I'm wondering what the place will smell like after a couple of shifts of bonking plutocrats have been cycled through it, and whether this will be seen as a plus or a minus to the whole experience.

The Americans used to make their astronauts sit in a rubber dinghy while a helicopter churned up a nice, deodorizing salt spray around them. The Russians were careful to bring their cosmonauts down in rural areas where no-one else would catch a whiff of them until they had a chance for the desert breeze to work its magic.

There's a reason why the shuttle used to sit for half an hour before anyone went near it, and anyone who thinks it has to do with hydrazine more than an opportunity to crack the hatches and air the place out before any of the press got near is fooling themselves.

I commute using the trains of the Long Island Rail Road, and the chemical toilets in them are unbearable after only eight hours. Imagine what it will be like in a place where the air cannot be changed, ever.

And I wouldn't want to be the poor sod changing the air filters in the PODs.

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Re: Bah!

Potentially missed an attempt at sarcasm there, but the shuttle, ISS etc were all ~14.7psi, same as here on earth - it's 5psi in a space suit.

As for the shuttle or ISS smelling bad, the air might not be "changed", but it's sure as hell scrubbed. Hygiene is as important in space as it is here - if anything its more so.

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Re: Re: Bah!

Ever been on a plane, bad smells abound but they dissipate.

In the old days of smoking on planes, the air was circulated even more than it is today.

Dunno about space, but probably something they have thought about since there is enough 'farted in my space suit' scenes in modern sci-fi (albeit humour based sci-fi).

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Re: Bah!

5psi was when they ran a much higher proportion (pure?) oxygen atmosphere. At higher oxygen concentrations, the pressure can be lower without you becoming anoxic.

100% oxygen turned out to be pretty awful if a fire started in the cockpit before launch. Grissom, White and Chaffee died in the Apollo 1 command module during a test on the launch pad, where the oxygen was pressurised to slightly *higher* than 1 atmosphere.

14psi and 20% oxygen is what the Russians use, so someone had to change in order for the ISS to handle both the Space Shuttle and Soyuz. Boring old 14psi air won over scary pure oxygen.

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the smell of space

"There's a reason why the shuttle used to sit for half an hour before anyone went near it, and anyone who thinks it has to do with hydrazine more than an opportunity to crack the hatches and air the place out before any of the press got near is fooling themselves..."

Well, a lot of really did have to do with draining remaning propellants, though I wouldn't doubt it also had to do with airing the cabin out. I recall interviews with Shuttle astronauts who commented on how "whiffy" the cabin got, especially after some of the longer missions.

Oh, and don't forget Gemini ViI, the famous Borman-Lovell endurance flight. Lovell, as I recall, described it as "two weeks in the men's room". As your sense of smell tends to get accustomed to certain odors after a while and the brain filters them out, it's easy not to notice just how rancid things are getting. After Gemini VII had returned to Earth, and the CM hauled aboard the carrier and the crew had a shower and a shave, Borman had forgotten he'd left a book he'd been reading on the flight under a seat aboard the spacecraft. He mentions that when he stuck his head inside the spacecraft to look around for his book, the smell almost knocked him out.

http://www.astronautix.com/flights/gemini7.htm

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Re: Re: Bah!

A partial pressure of ~3 PSI of oxygen burns equally well regardless of the partial pressure of nitrogen. A partial pressure of about 18 PSI oxygen (what you would get if you added pure oxygen to test the seals on Apollo 1) is toxic, while the fact that the door opens inward (to make it possible to open the door in the ocean if it is partially submerged) means that it is impossible to open while pressurized or in space. The fact that the door can't open also makes the capsule a deathtrap if it catches fire while pressurized.

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A 2 ft by 6 ft airplane door is 12 * 144 =1728 sq inches.Say 12 psi inside and 7 psi outside, about 8640 pounds holding the door closed. A 2 ft round hatch is about 576 * Pi / 4 about 450 sq inches * 3 psi would be 1500 pounds.

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Just what the world needs

A way to squander even more natural resources at an unprecedented rate, just for a tiny fraction of the billions of humans infesting the planet can have even kinkier sex.

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Re: Just what the world needs

Look at it this way, it's cannon fodder for when the inevitable extraterrestrial invasion occurs. Will give several new meanings to "blown out of orbit"

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Re: Just what the world needs

The good news is that half the elderly punters will croak on take-off.

The bad news is that then we will have deep frozen billionaires falling out of the feckin' sky.

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Zero gravity...

...commonly induces vomiting. How sexy!

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Re: rotation around small circumference...

...commonly induces vomiting even in zero gee background environment. How sexy!

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Re: Zero gravity...

Well, some people like that!

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Re: Re: rotation around small circumference...

Plus the panic-inducing sensation of falling.

If they're thinking that panic + nausea = sexy, maybe their target market is Woody Allen characters?

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What?

Spins centrifugally? centrifugally?

Why oh why oh why do people keep falling for the same mistake. There ain't no such thing as centrifugal force, never has been, never will be

Are you referring to the effect that combines straight line motion with a bit of string pulling you towards a centre of rotation (often mentioned as CENTRIPETAL force)?

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Re: What?

NO!

Once again, galilean and non-galilean reference frames are mashed up and confused in a pretend-physically-correct hodgepoge of ignorance.

SIT DOWN! YES, YOU!

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Are you referring to this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrifugal_force) centrifugal force, which is very real, and can refer to 2 separate things. 1 where your frame of reference is in the rotation of the object, and the other as the reactive force against centripetal force.

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Re: What?

Meh. An indignant tone is unnecessary: xkcd.com/123/

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Re: What?

No mention of coriolis force either.....

(ducks and runs).

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Centripetal, schmentipetal

It's redundant, you just need to say spins.

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If Playboy still exists as a misogynist business by the time we can live in space, humanity isn't worth saving.

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Cry me a river

...so somehow, you expect that the culture that is devolving from Playboy to Donahue to Jerry Springer to Survivor to Paris Hilton to the Kardashians will suddenly stop being a freak show in order to go to space?

Hysterical.

Me, I *want* Playboy to go to space for the sheer amusement value of seeing what happens when this gloriously dumb idea that comes from reading too much science fiction during a rough puberty "comes" to fruition. Should be a blast.

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In space

no one can hear you scream "Yes! Yes! Yes! OH GOD YES!!!"

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Re: In space

One presumes there'll be air in there!

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Drinking what?

Floating around with globules of random "liquid"...

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Looking at it all wrong.

Swallowing now becomes a vital eployment criteria.

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WTF?

"psychedelic experience"?

I guess the writer of the original article was on one heck of a schroom-induced-psychedelic experience...

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Frisky Jetpack Bunnies

I just like the sound of "frisky jetpack bunnies".

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Brings a whole new meaning to...

"Open the POD bay doors HAL"

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Surely shome mishtake...?

"...indeed any other celestial bodies."

Heavenly bodies, surely...?

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"We might create guns big enough to shoot things into space"

I'm sure I've seen prior art on this...!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxB2x9QzXb0

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Re: "We might create guns big enough to shoot things into space"

Try Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"

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Re: Re: "We might create guns big enough to shoot things into space"

"The first mass driver known in print was actually called the "electric gun" and described in detail as a way to launch vehicles into outer space from the Earth's surface in the 1897 science fiction novel A Trip to Venus by John Munro and published in 1897 by Jarrold & Sons, London"

Heinlein's story was good, but not the first.

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Re: Re: Re: "We might create guns big enough to shoot things into space"

Or even Jules Verne's 1858 novel 'From the Earth to The Moon'....although that was a cannon sunk into the ground...

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“You could literally swing around the dark side of the moon,”

Well you could if the moon had a 'dark side'.

Zero gee nookie? Go easy on the retrojets!

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...matter of fact, it's ALL dark...

" 'You could literally swing around the dark side of the moon,'

Well you could if the moon had a 'dark side'."

Besides, I prefer the sound of the phrase "swing around the back side of the Moon."

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Half is dark, the far side at full moon, the near side at new moon.or solar eclipse.

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Satyrs and Nymphs ...... This AIWay for Confection and Lasting Satisfaction

" think of the fact that if you give something a slight shove in zero-gravity, it tends to fly across the room and you can see how hanky-panky might take a bit of practice."

Volunteers no problem for that exquisite mission/pioneering venture, is a sure fire bet if ever there was one. :-)

And what of the Private Pirate XSSXXXX Sections/Fields/Red Hot Zones? By Recommendation and Invitation of SMART Members Only?

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