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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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How well would a society 35,000 years in the future remember today? [on hold]

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I am working on a short story set in a world where governments have been usurped and now has been replaced by mega corporations that span the Solar system.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. ...
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With light years between us, why talk?

Let's say in the year 2000 we launch a ship to some distant part of the galaxy. If the ship travels with a constant 1 g acceleration for like 28 years (accelerating halfway then decelerating), then we ...
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How to establish the relationship between exponential development and space exploration and consequences for future prognosis? [closed]

How long might it take to colonize the solar system - and how to make a mostly educated guess? On one hand, we know that we are yet in the very beginning phase to develop technologies to make life in ...
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What could explain why trees only have 12 rings?

A colony of space travelers makes their way to their new home planet. After landing and establishing their base camp, a wood worker begins to cut down trees and notices that none of the trees have ...
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Where on my spaceship can I justify more space for my humans?

Spaceships are a peculiar thing; as are the Humies - the hardy folks working and living inside these hunks of metal for weeks or months at a time. Ironically in space living-space is at a premium. Any ...
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If we can have “all the comforts of home” in space why would we settle planets?

This is something that is starting to bug me, I'm creating a universe in which space travel is cheap and comfortable and space habitats can be built roomy enough that no-one actually needs to live on ...
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Hiding a handful of immortals on a Generation Ship?

I have a handful of immortals that have spent the last 6000 years stuck on planet Earth. They really, want to get out of here. They missed their chance back in Egypt before The Fall of the Pharaohs**. ...
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What's a plausible-sounding technobabble explanation for Mars to be a forest world supplying Earth with timber?

In the story I want to tell, it's a thousand years in the future and Mars has been terraformed into a forest world (something like the forest-moon of Endor). It's settled in a few small towns and ...
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Why shouldn't we turn every star system into a Matrioshka brain?

Given the amazing computational power of Matrioshka Brains (M-brains), all the amazing things it can do, including but not limited to the following. Allotting space for an almost perfect simulation ...
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A reasonable scenario/mass motivation to colonize Mars for the first million of people with enterpreneural spirit

According to Elon Musk's plans/overall mission, humans could better survive as species if we inhabited more than one planet. So far so good, he proposes settling a million people in a first city ...
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What materials would be useful in constructing a Space Station?

For the obvious reason of weight, our modern space stations and satellites are made out of metal or lightweight compounds to reduce cost. In a quick Google search, about $20,000 per kg is the cost, to ...
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Economy gain if any for mining moons like Titania?

In Warlords I envisioned the "outermost colonies" around Neptune and Uranus to be a political faction of their own. Separate from the inner planets (Hegemony) and the Jovian and Saturnian leagues. To ...
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Would braces help a human born in micro gravity “walk” on a station with gravity

In Warlords poorer families in the belt or some of the colonies are not able (for whatever reason) to pay for 'gravity treatments' or possibly helpful drugs and are forced to live and raise their ...
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How might an economy in which multiple planets are involved function?

I created the above illustration to help convey my meaning, here is what everything means so that you can read it effectively: E = Earth V = Venus M = Mars The dots in the lower left hand corner ...
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How to absorb matter and transform it to energy

I'm writing the last issue of my comic and I'm in trouble. My villain is a member of a cosmic cult that wants to absorb everything in the universe to create a conceptual/energy pangea out of space and ...
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The worlds between, the consequences of instantaneous FTL

For some time I've been working on a universe with non-instantaneous Faster-Than-Light travel, but I've decided to open a new universe with instantaneous travel. So I'm working on the differences that ...
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Why colonize Mars before Antartica? [closed]

Antarctica is more suited for human life than Mars. It is also a lot closer and safer to travel to. Why colonize Mars before Antarctica?
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How would the length of a day-night cycle affect a planet's climate?

I am envisioning a habitable world with an atmosphere comparable to earth's in which one day is extremely long (>100 earth years). Human settlers have successfully colonized a small portion of the ...
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Will be possible in the far future to create an artificial Moon for Earth and terraformed planets?

Will be possible in the far future to use megascale engineering to create an artificial hollow moon to give Earth a big moon in the sky like in billion years ago? Since it would be hollow, it would ...
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Why would the Terrans make their Capital so remote compared to their territory?

Backround So, in my world, Terrans, also called humans, have colonized a hefty amount of Milky Way Territory, and have many subjects under their rule, about 200 billion spread across a space about 1,...
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Would Gecko Materials Work In A Vacuum

Geckos use the van der Waal force to stick to things, an effect that humans can replicate and make various materials that utilize such (like extra sticky gloves). My question is, would these work in a ...
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Oh crap, it’s 2020ad, and the Earth is about to explode! Can we make it to the stars?

Okay, not literally Krypton style, but let's say some local astronomical event is going to render every rocky surface in our solar system totally uninhabitable. Details aren't terribly important, so ...
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What might cause body-modest human planetary colonists to need to practise nudism

The Context A few years from now, perhaps around ten years or so, after first contact with star-travelling aliens, humans have acquired FTL and other technology making a new diaspora of humanity to ...
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How long would it take to colonize the galaxy with FTL? How long before colonization space is at a premium? [closed]

It's easy to find search results for how long it would take without FTL - but I'm wondering how long it would take with FTL, and there don't seem to be many estimates for that. Some very rough ...
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Will be possible in the far future to use megascale engineering to create a ringworld around Earth?

I mean in the far future megascale be advanced enough to allow the construction of a ring world around Earth or around a low mass star( a red dwarf for exemple). If yes, how big Earth would look from ...
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What Technological Regression Might a Spacefaring Civilization Experience? [closed]

This is a broad question, but the premise is fairly simple: what technological advancements that we take for granted today might be lost, or might no longer be necessary for a spacefaring civilization?...
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What aspects of life on another planet would take several days to negatively affect humans? [closed]

Humans have landed on a planet that to the untrained eye appears very Earth-like. What small, at first unnoticed, differences in the environment would eventually have a negative impact on the humans ...
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What to do with children who don’t fit into their roles? [closed]

On a spaceship heading to a far off star system, there exist a community of children who have never seen earth, and where all gestated by artificial wombs and raised by surrogate robots. There are ...
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How can as many probes as possible be sent to nearby stars?

In the near future, say about 50 years, the most powerful governments are starting to compete for control of interstellar resources. The first step is to send a probe or probes to a neighbouring star ...
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Plausible scenario that would cause and advanced space colony be knocked back into the Stone Age?

In the year 2340 on the planet Ionia, a small colony of about 20,000 people was founded. They were camped out near a small lake between two canyons. The colonist all came from advanced planets like ...
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How many people would it take to colonize Mars? [duplicate]

To ensure a self-sufficient colony, there would need to be enough people to ensure a diverse gene pool, a wide variety of technical experience, and enough bodies to work farms and such. How many ...
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Property prices in a rotating space habitat? [closed]

In a rotating space habitat, something like a Bernal Sphere, the 'equator' would have stronger gravity than the location closer to the 'poles'. If people living there have to buy their own house (and ...
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Expanding a space habitat

Let's say that I start with a Stanford Torus that can house some amount of people. Over time, more and more people start living there, to the point it starts getting crowded. How could I expand the ...
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Can we stay healthy if we experience microgravity for 8 hours every day?

Let's say that at an asteroid mining site, the workers live in a rotating wheel space station that can produce 1g. They use Earth's 24 hour day, and for 8 hours a day, people go to the asteroid to ...
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How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that require ...
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Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I’m writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn’s orbit from its star (although the raw distance ...
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What are the economic pros and cons of colonizing a low gravity world vs a high gravity one?

This is the sister topic to this question: What are the military pros and cons of colonizing a low gravity world vs a high gravity one? The specific question being asked here is, what specific ...