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Questions tagged [space-colonization]

Questions with this tag are concerning people living in space who are non-native to space.

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Would system virtualization technology play a role in future space colonization and can we observe its roots today? [closed]

If I asked the same question for operating systems, I'd say I am quite confident that some descendants of Linux could be there for a very long time. Today, while Linux is used in embedded IoT devices,...
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Thermite for metallurgy?

As we all know, a majority of the Martian soil is composed of ferric oxide ($Fe_2O_3$), which is also coincidentally the formula for hematite, one of the most common ores of iron. I think (personally)...
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Could you carry a wormhole through another wormhole?

Okay, let's assume that travel between star systems is done through stable, stationary wormholes on the outer boundaries of each system. This alone is slightly magic for now, of course, but let's roll ...
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How to colonize the asteroid belt within the next 50 years? [closed]

This question is a continuation of Unprepared and Without a Homeworld. The Scenario In my previous question, I proposed a theoretical near future in which a population of 10s of thousands of people ...
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Unprepared and Without a Homeworld

The Scenerio In the very near future a NASA probe returns to Earth with a soil sample from an asteroid containing a strange substance able to catalyze cold fusion reactions. The economic value of ...
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Possible biological adaptations to make current humans more suited to surviving on Earth-like primitive planets? [closed]

Premise My alternate version of the human race has progressed just to the brink of the ability to explore and possibly colonize other earth like exo-planets. the story follows an expedition crew has ...
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Tolerable range of surface gravities for interplanetary colonists?

Human physiology is adapted for life at 1G, but planets colonised by future humans will likely have different surface gravities. What is the range of values for surface gravity that humans can ...
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Downsides of a Magnetosphere stronger that Earth's? [duplicate]

It is clear that a planet that possesses a weaker magnetosphere than that of the Earth will present issues (such as less protection from stellar radiation) to a potential human colony. However, are ...
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Why would a previously spacefaring civilization become unable to build another interstellar ship?

I'm writing a story in which a civilization previously capable of (firmly technobabble-based) FTL travel has become stranded, orbiting an isolated star with no rocky planets. (There was a planet, but ...
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What would be the atmospheric pressure gradient in an open pit reaching to the centre of the moon?

Inspired by this question, what would the pressure stabilize at over tens of thousands of years (at the moon's centre, surface, and any other interesting points) if you created a structurally stable ...
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Which Cuisines Would Adapt Best To Space?

If you take all of earth's food and cuisines, which ones would be the mostly logically adapted to be made and eaten in a microgravity-freefall environment within the following constraints. Let's ...
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What Plants To Grow In Space? [duplicate]

Plants are quite useful to the intrepid space colonist, in addition to providing food, plants also help reduce life support burden and psychological stress by adding a splash of green to all those ...
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Does a large population make sense in a galactic society with automation tech?

So I am writing a Sci-Fi novel where humans are currently spread out over 440 Star systems ( ~ 2000 Light years). There has been several breakthroughs in Automation technology and all manual labor ...
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emergency spacesuits

I know a similar question was asked whether gas masks could be used to survive in space but it didn't quite focus on the parts I'm interested in. I'm building a world in which space travel is regular ...
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How to mitigate high infant mortality rates in a space colony

Judging by the majority of answers from this question: What would be a logical reason to explain space based families having more children than an earth based one the spacers are going to have lots of ...
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Is this station design likely to cause balance or vertigo issues?

This is a follow up to a previous question that I thought should be a new question instead of just discussing in the comments of that one. This is an idea for a space station on the surface of Eris ...
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Practical (and Impractical) Clothing Styles For Microgravity

What might clothing designed to be worn, long-term, in microgravity look like? For the purpose of this question there are two categories. Practical, or everyday wear, and impractical or simply fancy ...
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Best Foods/Plants to Grow in Generational Spaceship?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate; I wasn't able to find another question which addressed this, at any rate. Let's say I have a generational spaceship going off to another solar system to establish a ...
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How would an advanced civilization on a space station not be able to explore the planet they orbit without significant time between each expedition?

Extremely advanced civilization on a computerized space station orbiting a desolate uninhabited planet. There are no other known civilizations within this station's sphere of observation. Not many ...
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How would I calculate the size and angle of this space station ring?

This is an idea for a space station on the surface of Eris (but could work on other celestial bodies), using rotating rings to simulate gravity. The idea is that these rings would sit horizontally on ...
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How to use a certain technology to communicate with colonies but keep the how-to a secret?

I'm building a world for a role-playing game campaign using the Stars Without Number system. Some background information first: Stars Without Number Original Setting: In the original story ...
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The new Antarctic Base

I have recently been interested in Antarctic bases. They seem really interesting to me. I don't know all that much about them. One that came to my mind is SANAE IV. Some bases can support more than ...
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Operation: Seedship [closed]

The year is some time in the future on another planet. The planet is getting overpopulated. The world leaders have convinced the people that there is no overpopulation. But they are very much ...
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Would gas giants work as waste disposal sites?

In my novel, the many moons of Jupiter and Saturn have been colonized, but I'm running into some logistical problems - namely, waste disposal. My first instinct was to dump it on-moon; while this is ...
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Population Growth of an Extraterrestrial Colony

Okay, i need help here. I'm sure this question has been asked before and if it has, please refer me to it. But a story I have been working on for a while now revolves around the adventures of a colony ...
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How can spacecraft manufactured on the moon be powered?

Background: The moon has been selected as the base for human space exploration. Rather than ship tonnes of material out of earth's gravity well, interplanetary spacecraft and space stations will be ...
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Macro-life, colonisation or continuation?

Larry Niven defines a macro-life civilisation as one that lives in interstellar spacecraft, independent of planetary resources and culture, full time and by implication keeps moving. This could mean ...
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How hard would it be for humans to colonize an exoplanet with a size significantly different than that of earth (but otherwise suitable for life)?

If you look at this list of potentially habitable exoplanets, very few of them actually come close to having the same size as Earth, this means most of them would have surfaces gravities significantly ...
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Most cost-effective way to fence in an alien wildlife preserve

As a linguist aboard a terraforming mission, you arrive at a new planet. The planet, orbiting a G2V star, has copious amounts of wildlife and some sentient lifeforms. However, you, interpreting an old ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 5: Senses

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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Potential causes for generational deafness in space colony

I'm working on a sci fi story which heavily integrates themes of varying alien configurations and how they shape society, culture and language. As part of this theme, I want to have some of the human ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 4: Movement

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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Avian adaptation to microgravity and low gravity environments

I like to hear the sound of birds when I travel amongst my orbital and planetary habitats scattered around the outer system. Most of these settlements are very densely populated - what you might ...
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Space colony in isolation due to Kessler Syndrome [closed]

Earth sent some colonist to a earth-like planet, interstellar distance away, a long time ago. This colony is very sustainable and growing. No need to worry about that. The problem is: Due to Kessler ...
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Floating cities [closed]

Floating city in the atmosphere of a gas giant. In this Scenario; My colonizing business finds a gas giant in the goldilocks zone. Some of the crazy engineers want to build floating cities in the ...
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Ideal Martian Colony Spot

What would be the ideal spots to build/start a colony on Mars? I am looking for. . . Good location; a particular well placed crater, lots of caves nearby, etc. . . Good mix of resources; Ice, iron, ...
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How well would a society 35,000 years in the future remember today? [closed]

The story is set 35,000 years after the year 2024. In 2024, Donald Trump makes fun of Kim Jong Un's stupid hair, and long story short, the Earth gets nuked to the point where everything is covered in ...
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How would you go about seeding oceans of Europa with adapted Earth life?

How do you go about building a working Earth-like ocean ecosystem from scratch in Europa's subsurface ocean? On Earth, abyssopelagic species have evolved to live more than 6km below the surface. ...
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How would the water flow if you were to have a shower in centrifugal force equivalent to 1 g on a rotating space station?

Someone showering after exercise aboard a rotating space station spinning to simulate 1 gravity. How might Coriolis affect jets of water falling within a cubicle of 2 metres in height?
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The weird case of the unresponsive Earth - why does the Earth stop communicating with Mars?

Mars has been colonized, close to a million people are now living above (and below) the martian soil, every few months a ship from Earth arrives with more resource for expansion and more settlers, ...
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How would corporations come to be more powerful than governments? [closed]

I am working on a short story set in a world where governments have been usurped and now has been replaced by mega corporations that span the Solar system. They have there own mini armies, colonies, ...
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Why wouldn't my colonists go to see what's going on down there?

I would like my human colonists to settle on the high plateaus (2500-3000m above sea level) of my planet thus never meeting the civilization living in the lowlands (in a huge forest so they aren't ...
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What skills do you need on Saturn? [closed]

Background It is the near future. After a major world war and limited nuclear exchange, the nations of Earth have consolidated into a few blocs. The threat of further war and the cumulative damage to ...
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How would a Mars colony living in a giant dome protect against rapid decompression?

Giant dome concepts are beautiful, but I can't help but wonder how they could be so fragile. If there is even the tiniest rip, the whole thing would rapidly decompress. How would you protect against ...
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Where would space habitats get their oxygen from?

Suppose you want to build a large scale habitable structure in space or on a planet or moon without an atmosphere or any organics, and this would be a long term or permanent settlement, not a ...
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Why did US government hide the discovery of an ancient civilisation on the moon? [closed]

July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong sets his foot on the moon surface. He declares : "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind". But what history books don't mention is that, as he ...
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Self-sustaining Mars colonization

Background A 100 years in the future Mars has been colonized, new settlers and resources arrive from earth every 26 months (when the planetary orbit lines up best) by first taking the space elevator ...
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What do Lunar colonists drive in the 21st century?

So I my question is quite simple. With current technology or technology that we are likely to gain this century would it be easier for Lunar colonization programs to develop wheeled vehicles or ...
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Plausible reason for a civilization to not explore their own planet and explore space instead

A civilization of land-living humanoids occupies a patch of land on a continent (patch of land size: a few US States, let's say Montanas) and, without even exploring the continent fully, develops ...
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Why might humans and aliens be able to produce viable offspring? [closed]

Jeff is a human. He has two arms, two legs, a head, a heart, and all the normal stuff of a human. This includes a penis. Zhsdfgl is not a human. Zhsdfgl is roughly her species' equivalent of female. ...