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. “By 1967, we’d only been doing jet travel for less than 10 years, so this was really a far-reaching concept,” says Mark E. Young, a hospitality industry historian at the University of Houston.

“But it got a lot of attention: It was in newspapers for the next several days, and not