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The 1970s dream of space colonies with ten thousand people
11.07.2013
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The 1970s dream of space colonies with ten thousand people

Bernal sphere space colony
Bernal sphere space colony
 
In the 1970s NASA pursued serious plans to create space colonies at a “far-out address”—L4 and L5, two of the five “libration points” between two large celestial bodies (in this case the Earth and the Moon) in which a floating object will remain in a stable point relative to those two bodies.

NASA hired Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill to develop the concept. O’Neill testified before Congress on the subject, and as a part of the work his team at the Ames Research Center, in collaboration with Stanford University, generated these wonderful images of human settlements in outer space. They come in three types—a cylindrical space colony; a “Bernal sphere” space colony, in which the people would live on the inside surface of a sphere; and a toroidal space colony (a toroid is essentially a donut shape).

Be sure to catch the 1970s-era educational video at the bottom of the page. There’s lots more information at the NASA website.

Bernal sphere space colony
Bernal sphere space colony
 
Bernal sphere space colony
Bernal sphere space colony
 
Cylindrical space colony
Cylindrical space colony
 
Cylindrical space colony
Cylindrical space colony
 
Cylindrical space colony
Cylindrical space colony
 
Toroidal space colony
Toroidal space colony
 
Toroidal space colony
Toroidal space colony
 
Toroidal space colony
Toroidal space colony
 

 
via William Caxton Fan Club (a.k.a. John Darnielle’s Tumblr)

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
The Frontier is Everywhere: Beautiful fan-made video for NASA
The Face of God? New NASA video reveals the (psychedelic) surface of the Sun

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