Three Things on Thursday #3

Hello, and welcome to the third edition of Three Things on Thursday.

What are these things? This week’s things are all about living off-world. With concepts from the past, the reality of the present, and a vision of the future. 🌌 👩‍🚀 🚀

Why are we sharing them? They’re things someone at Kano found interesting, and I thought you'd like to see them too.

Sound good? Let’s go look at the things!

1. Space Settlements: A Design Study. 🌌

During the final years of NASA’s Apollo Project (the mission to the moon), Gerard K. O’Neill, an experimental physicist at Princeton University, was looking for ways to tempt physics students, into engineering.

He challenged them to work out whether large scale space stations were possible.

The results of this challenge caught the attention of NASA, who in 1975, sponsored the NASA Ames/Stanford Summer Study.

This summer project produced Space Settlements: A Design Study, and three super futuristic concepts for off-world living: the Stanford Torus, Island One, and the O’Neill Cylinder.

Check out the stunning artwork by Rick Guidice, and Don Davis.


Stanford Torus - Toroidal Colony - Population: 10,000



Island One - Bernal Sphere - Population: 10,000



O’Neill Cylinder - Cylindrical Colony - Population: 1 Million


2. A Guided Tour of the International Space Station. 👩‍🚀

Far from the futuristic imaginings of the 1970s, the only current off-world human habit, is the International Space Station (ISS). Which is all about science fact, rather than science fiction!

Let’s head into low earth orbit, and join Astronaut Suni Williams, for a guided tour of the ISS.


3. Jeff Bezos Wants Us All to Leave Earth - For Good. 🚀

Steven Levy, explores Jeff Bezos’ out of this world business venture, and his vision of O’Neill’s 1970s concepts, as our future reality.

[Image: Ian Allen]

“Bezos’ infatuation with space habitats has been remarkably consistent since his high school days, even as O’Neill’s fan base has dwindled. In a book about the Princeton physicist, one writer described O’Neill’s vision as a “failed future.” Even some space habitat enthusiasts question whether now is the time to act on it...

...Bezos buys none of this. He sees humanity’s move to space as the only option. He sees it with the certainty of mathematics.”

Read the full article at Wired.com

Edition # 3 done!

See you next week, for more Three Things on Thursday.

Chris ~ Resident Collector of Things