Sunday, August 11, 2013

Three Real Life "Elysium" like Space Station Concepts from NASA

Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.

Cylindrical Colonies 

Cylindrical Colonies - Exterior view of a double cylinder colony
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Cylindrical Colonies - Exterior view of several two-cylinder colonies
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Cylindrical Colonies - Interior view including looking through large windows
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Cylindrical Colonies - Interior view with long suspension bridge
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Cylindrical Colonies - Interior featuring clouds and vegetation
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Toroidal Colonies

Toroidal Colonies - Exterior View
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Toroidal Colonies - Cutaway view, exposing the interior
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Exterior view of several neighboring colonies
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Interior view
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Part of the rim including many nearby space vehicles
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Bernal Spheres

Exterior view
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Photograph of a model of the Bernal Sphere
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View with cutaway to see interior
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Interior including human powered airplane
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View of Bernal Sphere agricultural module (multiple toroids) with cutaway to expose interior
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Colony construction crew at work
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