Artist science fiction depiction of outer space orbital space stations.

Whether it’s Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, or the iconic space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey, science fiction has always provided inspiration and ideas for the scientists and engineers that design and build real spacecraft.


The, at times, fine line between science fiction literature and the developments in real life space activities provides the backdrop to ESA’s Space-in-Bytes video lesson release, titled “Science fiction – science fact”. Published in 2009 it gives some insight into what was science fiction, but today is science fact. And what today is science fiction, might, in the future prove to be science fact.