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Space Colony Art from the 1970s (16 pictures)

Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s.


These artistic renderings conducted with scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1975 at Stanford University, they have artificial gravity, small mountains, rivers, trees, designed for populations from 10,000 to one million!

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TOROIDAL COLONIES

Population: 10,000

Model of torus colony.

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Interior view. Art work: Don Davis.

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Exterior view. Art work: Don Davis.

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Cutaway view, exposing the interior. Art work: Rick Guidice.

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Construction along the torus rim. Art work: Don Davis.

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CYLINDRICAL COLONIES

Population: Over a million.

Multiple two-cylinder colonies aimed toward the sun.

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Interior view looking out through large windows. Art work: Rick Guidice.

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Exterior view of a double cylinder colony. Art work: Rick Guidice.

Cylinder_Endcap_AC75-1883_900

Endcap view with suspension bridge. Art work: Don Davis.

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Eclipse of the sun with view of clouds and vegetation. Art work: Don Davis.

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BERNAL SPHERES

Population: 10,000. The Bernal Sphere is a point design with a spherical living area.

Model of a Bernal Sphere.

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Interior including human powered flight. Art work: Rick Guidice.

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Agricultural modules in cutaway view (multiple toroids). Art work: Rick Guidice.

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Construction crew at work on the colony. Art work: Don Davis.

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Cutaway view of Bernal Sphere. Art work: Rick Guidice.

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Exterior view. Art work: Rick Guidice.