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2004-Mar-27, 05:07 PM
Hi...I need some help/insparation...

Rigth now Im working on the history...Skylab..Mir ISS etc...But Im not sure where to go next..

I migth add some futere space stations etc....Any tips?

Also..Would love some tips on good sites with info about space stations....


2004-Mar-27, 07:35 PM
First thing that came to my mind was a lecture I went to a few months back on the International Space Station. The lecture notes are online and are available here (http://www.westinghouse.com/E3e.asp). Just click on the second lecture. Hope this helps!

2004-Mar-27, 09:57 PM
The earliest history you can find will be Edward Hale describing a space station in a story called "The Brick Moon". Other than that, you'll probably want to mostly focus on the Salyuts and Mir, with a good helping of information on Skylab and the International Space Station. Information? Try searching through NASA's websites (there is a lot of information on almost anything even remotely related to NASA) or the Encyclopedia Astronautica. (http://www.astronautix.com) Books are good too. :wink:

Jack Higgins
2004-Mar-27, 11:53 PM

The Master catalog has lots of info and links to (literally) thousands of missions, manned/unmanned/scientific etc

2004-Mar-29, 11:22 AM
Cool. Thx a lot! I was thinking..would it be a good idea to have..just a little part about space stations in Sci-fi series? Don't know if it would make it feel...childis or unprofessional..

2004-Mar-29, 02:21 PM
Well, you could concentrate on the serious studies which have been made of permanent space colonies, particularly those by Gerard K. O'Neill and others;


other ideas include the Bernal Sphere and the open-ended ring proposed by Forrest Bishop and described here by Parkyn

more extreme habitat structres such as ringworlds and dyson spheres are perhaps best mentioned only as curiosities, if at all.

2004-Mar-29, 02:42 PM
eburacum45: verry good idea! Thx!

2004-Mar-29, 02:45 PM
I had to do a 4 minute Power Point presentation in science class. I chose to do mine on American Human spaceflight, I lost points because it ended up being 10 minutes long, and I just gave a quick summery of each "main" mission (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, ISS) :-?. I should have been really detailed http://www.gal-com.info/images/smiles/icon_twisted.gif

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