Colonizing Space and Yesterday’s Dreams

Colonizing Space and Yesterday’s Dreams

August 26th, 2011 | Posted in Science & Tech, Space

I grew up on this stuff. In the 1970’s some at NASA believed it may be realistic to be building colonies in orbit of up to 10,000 people, by…about now. It may have been, had we really wanted to. The original dreams came from the work of Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, and his book High Frontiers: Human Colonies in Space, written in 1976. Check out this video from NASA circa-mid-1970’s. Still a dream for the future, or just a fantasy from yesterday?

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  1. Glen Hiemstra   |   Aug 26, 2011

    Peter, remains my dream also. The Pan Am shuttle in 2001 seemed like it would be the day after tomorrow when that movie first played. Watch the work of SpaceX to keep your hopes alive. Elon Musk is the truest space visionary that I know now. (Will our earth-bound energy problems derail these dreams?)

  2. Peter   |   Aug 26, 2011

    Glen – This was (and remains) my dream too. I still remember the Apollo missions vividly and the promise of passenger travel to space stations and moon (remember the “space plane” with the Pan Am logo in “2001”?). Cheers, Peter