1970s Space Colony Art
If humanity is to survive into the distant future the confines of earth and it’s limited resources will be insufficient, this principles has inspired many interpretations of how humanity might live on in the stars.
In the 1970′s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships, the cost of which would be provided from new industries like asteroid mining (which is becoming an increasingly realistic possibility).
Conceptual colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed based around self-sustainability and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made. Painted by Rick Guidice they retain a distinctly retro-futurism aesthetic.
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