Photo: Artist’s representation of the proposed space colony Torus
Today The Huffington Post published an article showing some 1975 proposals for a space colony called Torus, that would orbit the Earth, spin on it’s own axis, and have it’s own agriculture and living system.
In the 1970s, some at NASA believed humans would be colonizing space by now. They conducted a summer study in 1975 that explored the possibility of building self-sufficient cities that orbited Earth.
As soon as I saw the images, I was immediately reminded of the space colonies in the Japanese animated Gundam franchise. Space colonies, in nearly every incarnation of Gundam, were integral to the core themes of science, politics, and human ideology.
After doing a search I came across this excellent website that compiles the information used in the various Gundam series and compares it with the designs and theories of Gerard O’Neill. Indeed, it seems the franchise based its concepts directly from O’Neill’s work. It also explains the math and science behind the naming and actual positions of the colonies in the shows, and it is quite amazing how accurate and thorough the concept of the space colonies was.
I love it when my fandom intersects actual science!!
Photo: An image of the principal characters of Gundam Wing with the interior of the space colony curving up behind them.
I really hope there are space colonies before I die. I would really love to live in one.