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Remember L5? That Space Colony?

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Remember back in the 70's, when the space enthusiasts talked about these grandiose "L5" space colonies? This one is called "Island 3," and is a cylinder 35 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide, with 3 panels of land and 3 panels of windows to let in sunlight reflected off huge mirrors. The whole thing spins to give "gravity" by centrifugal force.

Modeled in Blender and Vue 7 Pro Studio. Big Ecosystems, used 5 gigabytes of memory.
February 15, 2010
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Feb 15, 2010 6:52:36 pm
What a stunning and accurate image! The Lagrange colonies are still able to captivate space enthusiasts today and well...they're still feasible! We just lack the drive and the financial and political discipline to build them...we're more interested in the quick buck and ideological warfare than actually doing something that would expand the boundaries of human knowledge and experience (and economy.) But that's a rant for another day. This image is fantastic and reminds me of the days when I'd first discovered that science fiction and science fact when combined were (and still are) the most heady of artistic experiences. This image rocks!

by Chipka Online Now!   Homepage »

Feb 15, 2010 10:42:16 pm
Very cool. Well done

by castaneda Homepage »

Feb 15, 2010 10:56:07 pm
Awesome. When I was a kid I used to think I'd grow up and have the opportunity to work on one.

Fantastic capture of possibility

by PsychoNaut Homepage »

Feb 16, 2010 2:28:01 pm
Fantastic image! Outstanding work!!

by kftate Homepage »

Feb 18, 2010 12:30:03 pm
I remember seeing these concepts as a kid, they seem further away now than ever.

Excellent work.

by MarkHirst Homepage »

Feb 23, 2010 8:32:26 am
I remember these ideas well... closest thingwe ever got to this was the TV show Babylon 5 which had a few scenes in it like this one... tho yours is much grander..very sweet!

by 1358 Homepage »

Feb 25, 2010 3:02:43 am
Excellent work,.. Can I book a trip there via Vigin Galactic??


by serefina Homepage »

Mar 2, 2010 11:35:31 am
Sweet looking. Can I move in now?
And @Chipka: saddly I agree with the rant.

by chordsouza Homepage »

Nov 10, 2010 3:40:11 am
This kind of space colonies were used in the old anime "Gundam 0079" series,
one of the best japanese cartoons of all times.

by Polarity69 Homepage »


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