Future space stations Designed in 1970

Home among the stars: Wondrous 1970s artist renderings of NASA's future space stations where THOUSANDS would live

In the 1970s with the moon landing still fresh and man living amongst the stars seemed only a short time away, NASA's Ames Research Center imagined what it would all look like.

As part of the three space colony studies conducted by the center artists were asked to create renderings of the study's projections.

The wondrous images are somehow both retro and futuristic, the work of brilliant minds given a sense of almost childlike optimism with the benefit of hindsight.

Future: Many artistic renderings of space colony concepts were drawn up at NASA Ames in the 1970s

Long-term: Modern space stations look much simpler because the aren't designed for long-term living

Cinematic: Some of the designs were the basis for movie props

More ideas after the break

Some designs featured a spherical living area that could hold up to 10,000 people

Another was depicted in the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which featured a centrifugal force created by rotation so that it would have an effect exactly the same as gravity.

Modern space stations have different designs because their purposes research-based rather than being the home for generations of people.

But if man does establish long-term colonies in space, these designs could yet point the way towards stations with sustainable crops, forests, and even small bodies of water.

Stations were designed to feature bodies of water, forests, and sustainable crops

Generations: These stations were designed for thousands of people to grow and raise families

Every day life: Three studies were done to determine exactly what a space station would need to function

Park: Stations would feature plenty of greenery

Stylish: Though designed for man's future the images seem almost retro compared to current stations

Life: Healthy on-station ecosystems would be necessary to sustain people

Gravity: Special rotating mechanism could create a force indistinguishable from gravity on the stations

Frontier: Designs were made when man's move into space seemed just a few years away

Fields: Future pioneers won't miss the comforts of the wild

Electric lights: Colonists wouldn't lack for beautiful days

Details: Artists used studies filled with scientific and technical details to create the perfect representations of life in space

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