I love this kind of stuff, but it saddens me to think we’re nowhere near this level of advancement in space exploration. It’s also somewhat sad our leaders are not inspiring us to reach for something like this anymore.
Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. These have been scanned and are available here as small, medium, large, and publication quality jpeg images. Scans by David Brandt-Erichsen.
Check out the rest of the photos here. Photo credit to NASA Ames Research Center.
I’ve been following the exploits of SpaceX for a while now, and I like what I’m seeing. Their latest Dragon capsule just docked with the ISS this morning. It’s pretty awesome to know there’s a secondary solution in place right now while NASA gets their new launch program up and running. It’s also encouraging knowing the Dragon capsule could eventually transport astronauts. They have 11 more resupply mission on contract, so with any luck, they can then move in that direction.
I was quite saddened to hear Neil Armstrong passed away last weekend. While I obviously wasn’t around for the first moon landing in 1969, I still became fascinated with the exploits of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins in my own time.
I first got into space exploration around fourth or fifth grade (maybe sooner, maybe later). I would check books out of the library and have my dad photocopy page after page so I could tape them up to my wall. One of the first books I remember checking out was First on the Moon. I remember my dad taking me and my sister to check out books and this one was upstairs in the “adult” reading section. I don’t know if I ever read any of it at the time. Flipping through it today makes me think I checked it out mainly for the picture galleries it included.
It took me a while to remember the name and track down a copy of First on the Moon. I’ve had it since we tried to see the final Discovery launch a couple of years ago. Now seems the perfect (if not saddest) time to crack it open.
My dad said he was visiting family in Oklahoma when Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. What I wouldn’t give to witness such a great achievement in my lifetime. It amazes me to think they managed several trips to the moon using computers that had less power than my phone. It saddens me to think we’ll probably never get back there in my lifetime. Not because we don’t want to, but because powers that be deem it insignificant.
Rest in peace Neil.
Shuttles Discovery and Enterprise have been moving around the last week or so. Discovery left KSC for the Smithsonian where Enterprise used to live. Enterprise is heading to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. (link)