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Space Colony Art from the 1970s

In the 1970s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.

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Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions.


  • David C. Morrow

    Snug little worlds.

  • Darival

    These designs reminds me the great book “Rendezvouz With Rama”

    • Justin Ratcliff

      Ha! Just finished that book last week. Definite similarities.

  • Muscle-Horse

    Can’t seem to find the hi-res versions mentioned at the top – any ideas anyone?

    • Syn –

      Same problem. Anyone else got them?

      • Public Domain Review

        Hello. They are not very high res, but if you go to the source you can find higher res versions there, where it says “NASA” between the text and where the pictures begin. Or just click here: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/70sArt/art.html

        • Syn –

          Oh, there we go. Thanks a lot! Some are pretty humongous if you click on the bigger versions button on your link.

  • Konfused

    These look very similar to the space colony in the movie Elysium.