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    Exterior view of a double cylinder colony

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    Cutaway view, exposing the interior

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    Interior view with long suspension bridge

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    Interior view with long suspension bridge

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    Exterior view of several two-cylinder colonies

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    Interior view

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    Exterior View

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    Exterior view of several neighboring colonies

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    Interior including human powered airplane

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    Exterior view

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    View with cutaway to see interior

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    Colony construction crew at work

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    View of Bernal Sphere agricultural module (multiple toroids) with cutaway to expose interior

Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Posted by Liv Siddall,

Ever sat at work daydreaming about living in space? Then you’ll be pleased to know that NASA has enormous teams working on space-habitation. In the likely case of us having to flee our planet, we’ll hopefully be able to whizz up to these pods where there are barbecues, golf, parks and suspension bridges waiting for us (Phew! Thank god they’ve got suspension bridges up there, I’d definitely miss those). Check out these insanely cool (though sadly rejected) designs for space houses from the 1970s and remember – these are not just musings, they are real designs, made by real NASA.

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.