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NASA Space Colony Artwork 1970s

et502's picture

So. In my google search for images of the campus, I found this site. These images don't represent the campus for me (though I did make the "Bryn Mawr Bubble" connection while I was looking at the Toroidial colony), so this post is just for fun.

I love that NASA validated this dream-world. I did a little more searching and found out that NASA hosts this contest every year -



Milan gasser's picture


Amazing photos, very interesting

Serendip Visitor's picture


Those images are stunning! They're such an interesting look into the imaginations at the time. It was right when the Apollo manned missions were going on, I'm sure it was on everyone's minds. I'm so glad they have high resolutions available. I'll be looking into getting one printed on Monday for my office.

I'm really glad I stumbled upon your blog. Digging through the pages of Google always pays off! I've been doing a lot of reading on the moon landings lately, it's such a fascinating time in our countries history. Reading about it's history and controversy has been immensely rewarding. If you're ever looking for some light reading, read about the conspiracy theories! It's amazing how such a large group completely rejected the notion of space travel. I came across one site that gave a good summary of the Moon Landing disbelief of the time. It's interesting what made these disbelievers finally see the truth - I think it has a lot more to do with space travel not being a big deal anymore than anything else. Today, private companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are pursuing space travel, and it doesn't get very much press. Even though the technology of 1969 hasn't changed, our technological advancements have taken away the mystery that made the Apollo 11 landing so hard to believe.

Anyways, sorry to ramble. I really appreciate the link you put up, and wanted to share something in return. I hope your campus is appreciating your work!

Mars Underground's picture

Space Colony Art

A nice slideshow about those images:


Anne Dalke's picture


...for having fun off-site! (off-planet AND out of time....)

rachelr's picture

Where no man has gone before

After seeing this post I decided to lookup NASA's mission statement. It was a surprise to me when it seemed more sci-fi, more Star Trek then I had expected. Their golas are to, "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research." Looking at the 2009 "Strategic Plan" I was expecting concrete, scientific agendas (there were some); however Strategic Goal 3 was to "Develop a balanced overall program of science, exploration, and aeronautics consistent with the redirection of the human spaceflight program to focus on exploration" and Sub-goal 3D was to "Discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the universe."

So much of this focuses on the future and exploration, and the unknown. After looking at these trends I can see how this contest fits into their "strategic plan" of cultivating a lust for innovation and discovery.