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Nasa's 'Space Colony' Concepts Explored In Space.com Infographic (PICTURES)

09/08/2013 09:17 BST | Updated 08/10/2013 10:12 BST
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The late, great Iain M. Banks taunted his devoted readers for years with glorious images of billion-strong space colonies hurtling through the abyss. Before him it was 2001: A Space Odyssey, all the way back to Edward Hale's 'Brick Moon' in 1889.

But it's not just sci-fi authors and futurists. Even Nasa has been teasing us for years with dreams and concepts of building colonies in space.

Of course, we can't criticise them too much since in the end they did actually build one. However, while the space station is cool, it's not quite massive-ring-forest-city cool.

Space.com has provided us with this amazing infographic of Nasa's history of space station concepts. Check it out, and head over to their site for more details about the history of dreaming of cities in the void.

Find out about NASA's ambitious space colony plans in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.