In Pictures: Science vs. fiction: 15 sci-fi technologies that are (almost) here

Science fiction has a rich history of predicting the future. And in some cases, the future is now

Space stations One of the most iconic creations in all of science fiction is the giant space station in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The recent Matt Damon sci-fi freakout Elysium featured a variation on the theme, a giant orbital structure that serves as the ultimate gated community for Earth's upper class. Both designs are based on the Stanford Torus model, developed by NASA in the 1970s, which uses centrifugal force to produce artificial gravity and mirrors to redirect sunlight. In 1998, one of science fiction's most enduring fictional technologies became reality with the launch of theInternational Space Station.

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