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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 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 space-craft 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. ...
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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 ...