von Braun's Space Station
This space station design was proposed by von Braun in 1952. It inspired many in space science and in science fiction as well. A similar design was shown in the movie "Space Odyssey 2001".
The picture above was von Braun's Dream. A manned Space Station from which humanity explore the moon and the planets. To learn more about the technical aspects of the early space launch rockets or rocket designs and compare them to actual space launch rockets, click on the picture above.
Left: Duane Hilton's recollection of the famous space station from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Viewing the film in the late 1960's inspired Hilton to become a space artist later in life.
Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey popularized the idea of space stations in the Apollo and post-Apollo eras, but fictional accounts of a space station appear as early as 1869, when Edward Everett Hale published a story called The Brick Moon. In that story, Hale depicted a manned satellite that functioned as a navigational aide to ships at sea. Before that, fantasies about traveling in space date back as early as the second century, when the Greek rhetorician Lucian wrote an account of a voyage to the Moon.