ByEleanor Tremeer, writer at
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Eleanor Tremeer

Ever wanted to blast out of the stratosphere in style? Spaceflight might currently be uncomfortable and dangerous — not to mention only an option for the highly trained or very rich — but that hasn't stopped providing us with a plethora of fantastic spaceships to tantalize our imaginations with. But which of these iconic starships would you most like to live on? Join us as we explore the pros and cons of each ship.

The Avalon — Passengers

Travel in style and luxurious comfort as Passengers' the Avalon takes you on a 120-year journey to your new home on a distant planet. Nothing could possibly go wrong on this stunningly built spaceship — or, at least, that's what the Homestead Company wants you to think.

Pros: State-of-the art facilities — from swimming to dance-offs to steampunk bars (tended by your android pal Arthur), the Avalon's got your every want covered. It's also absolutely beautiful. Definitely a fun way to spend your last four months before you're subjected to the harsh conditions of colonial life on a planet that you've never set foot on before.

Cons: The Avalon is buggy as hell. If you're not woken up 90 years early due to a hibernation pod malfunction (and if someone doesn't wake you up just so he has some company), you'll probably die a horrific, fiery death in deep space when the ship inevitably explodes. Good thing Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are on hand to save you from that fate!

Also, this solarpunk garden is to die for. [Credit: Sony]
Also, this solarpunk garden is to die for. [Credit: Sony]

Our Rating: 7/10. There's no doubt this ship would be fun to live on, but you're asleep for most of it and you may not survive the journey.

Discovery One — 2001: A Space Odyssey

Based on real science, the Discovery One is still one of the most realistic depictions of how we can achieve interplanetary space travel. Shame about that murderous onboard computer.

Pros: You have everything you need to sustain your life, and the science checks out for all of it.

Cons: Although an undeniably cool design that has gone on to influence many other sci-fi spaceships, the Discovery One wouldn't be particularly enjoyable to live on. And odds are the HAL 9000 would kill you before you reach Jupiter.

Our Rating: 4/10. Iconic, but not much fun.

Prometheus — Prometheus

A dangerous scientific mission doesn't have to mean a lack of style — blending utilitarian designs with leisure, the Prometheus is a beautiful piece of innovation.

Pros: From the wraparound view screen on the bridge to the gorgeous (and surprisingly advanced) technology, Prometheus proves that you can have both style and substance in space travel.

Cons: While the Prometheus is undeniably awesome, the crew are mostly absolute morons, and David in particular is likely to screw you over at every turn.

Our Rating: 7/10. If you can board this ship with a different crew, then it's one of the best spaceships sci-fi has to offer. Otherwise, probably best to give it a pass.

Heart Of Gold — The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

"Excitingly chunky" and filled with cutting-edge probability technology — along with "genuine people personality" androids — the Heart of Gold opens up the galaxy to you with no need for pesky hyperspace bypasses.

Pros: Very beautiful and reasonably comfortable, plus the Infinite Improbability Drive allows you to get from A to B without any thought for point C, D, or the rest of the alphabet.

Cons: If Marvin the Paranoid Android doesn't drive you crazy with his depressed mumblings, then the aggressively chipper computer Eddie will make you start to think longingly of lengthy spacewalks and the sweet oblivion of a well-stirred Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Our Rating: 5/10. Good for getting around, but I wouldn't want to spend a prolonged length of time on this spaceship.

USS Enterprise — Star Trek

There have been several Enterprises, so let's narrow this down. I'm gonna go with the NCC-1701-D, the ship that Jean-Luc Picard captained in The Next Generation.

Pros: As the federation's flagship, the Enterprise-D is outfitted with everything a Starfleet officer might need, from perfectly built research labs to day care facilities. Blending futuristic designs with 1990s-style carpets (seriously), the Enterprise is a fantastic and comfortable place to live. And of course it has everyone's favorite sci-fi invention, the Holodeck, which allows you to indulge any wild fantasy you can imagine.

Cons: The Enterprise does have a habit of finding trouble and Starfleet often assigns Picard the most dangerous of all missions. So if you're the spouse or child of an officer, then this can be rather perilous.

Our Rating: 10/10. It's the frickin' Enterprise.

Serenity — Firefly/Serenity

It don't matter how many hands of blue are chasing you down, you can escape any sticky situation in this rustic but sturdy Firefly-class freighter.

Pros: This boat may be small, but it's beautifully built (the sets were constructed as one big model ship in real life), and homey touches like plush couches, floral murals and fairy lights help keep the crew feeling cozy in the silent darkness of space.

Cons: Bits occasionally fail or fall off — keep an eye on that port compression coil; it has a tendency to give out. There's also no weapons, but you can always manually strap a canon to the hull!

Our Rating: 9/10. They'll never take the sky from me.

Hermes — The Martian

Another scientifically accurate craft, the Hermes is nonetheless beautiful while seeming very realistic. Plus, it's built for multiple trips to and from Mars, so you know it's trustworthy and durable.

Pros: While it hasn't got the gorgeous technology of the Prometheus, or the comfort of the Avalon, the Hermes is a lovely and humble ship that gives us hope for what we could accomplish. There's individual sleeping quarters, as well as a stylish mess hall and even a gym. Perfect for clocking up the space hours.

Cons: The real disadvantage is that this is ultimately a utilitarian NASA vessel, so it's not exactly a pleasure cruise, and it's not built for long-term living.

Our Rating: 7/10. Would use it to hop to Mars and back, but it's not really homey.

Bonus: Moya — Farscape

This spaceship isn't particularly well-known and so doesn't count as iconic, but Moya stands out as being the only spaceship that is a living entity, which is a fascinating concept for the show to explore.

Moya starbursts the Draz outta here! [Credit: SyFy]
Moya starbursts the Draz outta here! [Credit: SyFy]

Pros: Moya has plenty of fun design quirks and if you like getting down to the nitty-gritty of spaceship maintenance, then you'll love caring for her aching hulls. She's also extremely protective and would sacrifice herself to save you. Then there's the cute little DRDs who are as close as you're gonna get to having pets in space.

Cons: Because she's alive, Moya comes with her own difficulties — especially when it turns out she's pregnant. If you get in trouble, you can't just patch up the ship and carry on your way, as Moya experiences pain and her systems may not heal.

Our Rating: 8/10. A friend for life and a lovely place to live!


Which spaceship would you rather live in?

[Source: Gizmodo;; Science: How Stuff Works]


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