a home among the stars

Artist Rendition of

NASA's Toroidal Colonies

circa 1970's

Need a new desktop background?


sent me an email with a link to

Pattern Bank

which showcased the Toroidal Colonies. Apparently, a couple of space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA Ames in the 1970s. Cylindrical Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed. The artist renderings are so detailed and interesting, I could stare at them for hours. In fact, I made the above one my desktop wallpaper so I could enjoy it daily.

I hope we'll never be forced to abandon our beautiful Earth, but wouldn't it be wonderful for a place like this to be a vacation spot one day? The NASA space program has suffered some serious budget blows, and isn't what it once was, leaving space exploration up to for profit companies. I doubt vacation destinations are on the top of their lists (try mining, waste disposal, weaponry, and other distasteful human interests). Sad. I suppose only time will tell if everyman will have the chance to hang among the stars. Until then, we can enjoy these stunning illustrations. For the full set visit