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Space Stations as Envisioned in the 1970s

Boy, they sure were ambitious back in the 70s; while today we’re happy to have a small apartment-sized environment in orbit, back then they were dreaming of entire cities in space.

Courtesy of the NASA Ames Research Center archives, we’re treated to artist renderings of the space colonies of the future as imagined from the 1970s. The artwork spans visions of space colonies from 10,000 to 1,000,000 citizens strong–some of them include everything from bodies of water to office buildings. Hit up the link below for more images.

Space Colony Art from the 1970s [via The Daily What]

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  • Published 11/7/12

Comments (5)

  1. Ray

    ” a small apartment-sized environment”. Try a three bedroom house.

  2. Alex R

    I remember these photos from when I was in school in the 70′s!

  3. toucan

    Hey is that image where the idea for ‘Halo’ came from?

  4. cwcarlson

    I still say we should consider building these giant rings. It would be a great way for future generations to expand, reduce population overcrowding and learn.

  5. gene

    Great pics. They are illustrations from Gerard O’Neil’s 1976 book “The High Frontier”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Frontier:_Human_Colonies_in_Space

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