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S76-28046 (16 July 1976)--- An artist's concept depicting a Space Colony in orbit. NASA scientists and engineers have designed a system for colonizing a permanent community in space. The colony looks like a giant wheel in space. The outer "tire" is a radiation shield built of compressed cinder-block-like lunar material. The central hub contains the docking station and communications antenna; six spokes connect the hub with the ring-shaped outer wheel and provide entry and exit to living and agricultural areas. To simulate Earth's normal gravity the entire habitat rotates at one revolution per minute about the central hub. The burnished disc that hangs suspended above the wheel is a floating mirror panel which reflects sunlight down onto the slanted panels and into the chevron shields that screen out cosmic rays.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/04/2006
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