VARIES project proposes antimatter starship missionvia gizmag:
As Douglas Adams said, “Space is Big. Really Big.” And that’s the major obstacle for traveling between the stars. But a new proposal published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society promises to shrink that distance just a bit. Physics and technology consultant Richard Obousy claims that an antimatter starship that creates its own fuel from the vacuum of space itself would be capable of making a return journey to the nearest star and back within one lifetime. […]
1986: The Russian Mir becomes the first permanently inhabited space station. Its mission lasted until 1996 and it spent 4,592 of those days occupied. This photo shows one of its later stages of construction.