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Friday, September 15, 2006

NASA: Space Colony Design from the 1970s

Space and Astronomical Art Journal: NASA Space Colony Design
In the 1970's Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University showed that we can build giant orbiting spaceships and live in them. A couple of space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been converted to jpegs and are available as thumbnails, quarter page, full screen and publication quality images.

Great cylindrical utopias. At some times these might have seemed remotely feasible...

Link: Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Gerard K. O'Neill: Space Colonies: The High Frontier

Wikipedia: Gerard K. O'Neill


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Meeg said...

Doesn't look so bad. I think the ring shaped colony was maybe inspired by the novel Ringworld.