Everybody loves a gorgeous spaceship that can zoom through the cosmos — but there's something majestic and beautiful about a space station, that stays in one place or orbits one planet. Here are some of the most beautifully designed space stations in any universe.

The Wheel from Conquest of Space (1955)

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The Earth-orbiting space station in Project Moonbase (1958)

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The rotating wheel-like Space Station 5 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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The moon-sized Death Star in Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)

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The gigantic loading station for Earthbound cargo named Gateway Station from the late 22nd century, seen in Aliens (1986)

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The bone-shaped Satellite of Love (SOL) from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999)

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The 98-level Deep Space 9 (originally known as Terok Nor), built by the Cardassians as an orbital station above Bajor, seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)

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Babylon 5, launched in 2256, home to 250,000, including 100,000 humans, located in neutral space in orbit of Epsilon III, as seen in Babylon 5 TV series (1994-1998)

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The Armistice Station from Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)


The Most Beautiful Space Stations in the Universe

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Satellite Five, with 501 floors, went online in the year 199,909, when it was responsible for broadcasting 600 channels of news reports throughout the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. After 200,000 it was used as a Game Station run by the Bad Wolf Corporation. The station was seen in the new first season of Doctor Who in 2005.

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