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Even before the Russians won the Space Race and entered the Final Frontier, humans have wondered if and when civilization will one day live in outer space. Astronomers, Sci-Fi novelists, architects and drug enthusiasts alike have imagined the reality of this prospect.
Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier were keen on improving Modern cities and the Futurist artist Antonio Sant’Elia designed his famous “citta nuova.” Stephen Hawking concludes his book A Grand Design with a subtle urging for humanity to begin the move to infinity and beyond before it becomes too late and our vices seal Earth’s fate.
In the 1970’s, a physicist named Gerard O’Neill from Princeton University began designing a scheme for giant orbiting colonies in space. The NASA website for these Space Settlements describes the venture as follows:
“Humanity has the power to fill outer space with life. Today our solar system is filled with plasma, gas, dust, rock, and radiation — but very little life; just a thin film around the third rock from the Sun. We can change that. In the 1970’s Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University showed that we can build giant orbiting spaceships and live in them. These orbital space colonies could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see hundreds of thousands of orbital space settlements in our solar system alone. Building these settlements will be an evolutionary event in magnitude similar to, if not greater than, ocean-based Life’s colonization of land half a billion years ago.”
The concept is exciting and seems to have been in the making for nearly 50 years at this point. While you wait for construction to begin, why not check out the photo gallery?