A big disappointment for me was seeing the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in the theaters, as a kid in '66 or '67, thinking we'd actually HAVE space stations in 2001, and then watching as first the Republicans, then the Democrats, cut funding for Space. The cancellation of Apollo 18 ripped my heart out. America seemed to be going backwards in Space Exploration, then Science as well. Damn the US congress, and the "new" deregulated economy-crushing Banking Industry. Short-sighted, both of them. Just a damn shame, all around.
Oh well, there's always hope, I guess. Here are some nice illustrations, not of a lunar colony for a change, but in-space. These certainly didn't happen in 2001, with one, ok, two exceptions, and it's looking good (bad) we won't have truly big structures until 2400 or so, which itself is questionable if the powers that be continue to act like ostriches, or we don't wipe ourselves out with some damned supervirus/bacterium that escapes from a lab.
It's a race!
Anyways, enjoy ...
|Mir on 12 June 1998 as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Discovery during STS-91.|
Tracy Caldwell-Dyson in the Cupola, observing the Earth below, during Expedition 24.
|The International Space Station on 23 May 2010 as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-132.|
|Description of a rotating wheel space station in Hermann Noordung's The Problem of Space Travel (1929).|
|A NASA engineer takes a walk-in simulated zero gravity around a mock-up of a full-scale, 7.3 m (24 ft) diameter space station in 1964.|
|Exterior view of a Stanford torus. Bottom center is the non-rotating primary solar mirror, which reflects sunlight onto the angled ring of secondary mirrors around the hub. Painting by Donald E. Davis.|
|External view of a Stanford torus with some of the radiation-shielding "chevron" mirrors removed to show interior space.|
|Interior of a Stanford torus, painted by Donald E. Davis|
|Interior view showing alternating land and window stripes (Island Three)|
Arthur C. Clarke Rendezvous with Rama series
|In Iain M. Banks' fictional Culture universe, an Orbital (sometimes also simply called an O or a small ring) is a purpose-built space habitat forming a massive ring (though much smaller than a ringworld) rotating to simulate gravity. Its inhabitants, often numbering many billions, live on the inside of the ring, where continent-sized 'plates' have been shaped to provide all sorts of natural environments and climates, often with the aim of producing especially spectacular results.|