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    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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    The stuff of my dreams.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Totally cool! I still want to live in Vienna!... and London!

    This was from my favourite:



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    I had a couple of those books... might still have one tucked away somewhere.

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    Gives a new meaning to rowing or sailing upstream. Imagine rowing off into the ... hey, where's the horizon? Where's my sunset?
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    That crap ruined my childhood.

    I bet I can still whip out a "space station", lickety split.

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    I just LOVE the fact that Elon Musk's new BFR looks almost exactly like a 1950s spaceship, i.e. a glorified silver V-2. I still have my big old Golden Book of Astronomy when I was a kid, what nostalgia.
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    Pop culture was latched onto space with more force than the gravity on Uranus!

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    Good to see that image again. I was a subscriber to quarterly magazine put out by The Whole Earth Catalog folks, and they were big fans of the idea of orbital space colonies, with articles, and maybe even (My memory of the late '70s is not entirely clear. Hmm.) a whole issue on the topic. I've still got the whole publication run, but they are packed away, since our most recent move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
    Good to see that image again. I was a subscriber to quarterly magazine put out by The Whole Earth Catalog folks, and they were big fans of the idea of orbital space colonies, with articles, and maybe even (My memory of the late '70s is not entirely clear. Hmm.) a whole issue on the topic. I've still got the whole publication run, but they are packed away, since our most recent move.

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    I had all of those books and stared at those pictures for hours. I was born in the wrong time . . .
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    Ah, the 70s.

    You guys need to get with it.

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/92732220

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    Ah, the 70s.

    You guys need to get with it.

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/92732220

    Cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post
    Totally cool! I still want to live in Vienna!... and London!

    This was from my favourite:


    I had that one.
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    Stephen Cowley books are rising in value secondhand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMike View Post
    I had all of those books and stared at those pictures for hours. I was born in the wrong time . . .
    I remember checking that book out of the library.
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