"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet
." Before we get into terraforming, what about the space between worlds? NASA has a website dedicated to discussions of space settlements
), many going back to the 1970s, as seen in the CoEvolution Book on space settlement
and the NASA Ames/Stanford 1975 Summer Study
. There is also concept art from the 1970s
by Don Davis
) and Rick Guidice
. Escaping from that orbit, there's also a toroidal space colony as imagined
in the 1982 book Walt Disney's EPCOT
, and more recently, a ton of neat imagery on Bryan Versteeg's Spacehabs website
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 6, 2013 -
"Tubes of space borscht are on sale in the museum gift shop. “There are white and black tubes. On the white is written: ‘BLONDE.’ On black one: ‘BRUNETTE.’ "
Astronauts relate challenges of life in space
posted by ambient2
on Aug 2, 2010 -
An Elevator to the Stars.
The paper of record claims this isn't science fiction, but do we really believe that in ten years we'll be able to build a 60,000 mile long cable capable of supporting 13 ton cargo loads? Would you trust this to take you into asynchronous orbit? (Or maybe you just want to make like Joe Kittinger and jump out at 100,000 feet
posted by alms
on Sep 23, 2003 -
Maybe they should have let Lance Bass on this one.
A Soyuz rocket explodes 29 seconds after takeoff, killing one and injuring eight from the blast. Although it was not carrying any material destined for the International Space Station, launch delays caused by the investigation into the explosion might hurt the IIS project in the long run.
posted by LuxFX
on Oct 16, 2002 -
Mir spotted in skies over India,
millions panic? While the fall of Mir has been getting plenty of press coverage, this is the first blatantly alarmist piece I've seen, and it's from CNN/Reuters. Does this kind of "reporting" border on criminal?
posted by ewagoner
on Mar 13, 2001 -
Space U-Haul Atlantis on its way.
Atlantis is climbing orbit to reach Alpha carrying with it the Destiny module for Space Station Freedom. The module only has 2 inches of clearance from the shuttle itself and will take one hell of a can opener to get it out.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Feb 8, 2001 -
Russia to Mir....come in Mir...
Russia's been recently unable to sustain radio contact with Mir. The station itself is empty, but radio communication is necessary in order to control the autopilot. They are supposed to try again in about an hour, but if they are unable to do so within that hour, they'll have to send someone up. I think they're more afraid that it might fall out of orbit before it's planned sinking into the Pacific this coming February.
posted by Cavatica
on Dec 26, 2000 -
Momentus occasion ignored.
Well, mostly, or at least buried in the inner pages of most major U.S. pages. Isn't this sort of more important than the Knicks and Nets loosing their opening games? You wouldn't think so, since those stories were carried on the front pages on newspapers in the Northeast while this one was back on page 14 between two full page ads.
posted by rich
on Nov 2, 2000 -