Questions tagged [space-colonization]

For questions concerning species that have settled on or near celestial bodies they are not native to and the challenges this presents.

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How could humans reach distant stars and still stay as a united government if you can't use faster than light travel

If we didn't have the capability to use faster than light travel then how could we stay unified and are any realistic examples in science fiction?
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What would happen if all of us earth dwellers leave to live in space? How would the society function there? [closed]

Suppose we invent a spaceship technology that could keep us alive for hundreds of years in space and all of us afford to buy one "Jupiter" just like in the "Lost in Space" series, how could society ...
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Will be electronics production in zero or low gravity possible and how soon?

On the Earth's surface, we look back to an ultimately high tech evolution of computer hardware and according integrated circuit manufacturing appliances. The knowledge required to build robust modern ...
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Are (near) instant data transfers feasible on an intergalactic scale?

Inspired partially by this comment on one of my answers, I got to thinking on what the quickest way to communicate would be on an intergalactic scale. Say humans have colonised the galaxy, and use ...
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Designing a biological drop pod?

How would a biological drop pod make it into the atmosphere and land safely? I have a race of aliens that use biological tools instead of technology. Their ships are living beings that can travel ...
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The One Problem With Terraforming and Colonizing a Super-Earth

Many people are excited with the idea of super-Earths--rocky, habitable exoplanets greater in mass, density and diameter (because I'd prefer to go the whole way than stop at the halfway point) than ...
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Generating breathable air on Europa?

Humans have colonized the subsurface oceans of Europa - building large cities embedded in the icy crust, hanging beneath it, and resting on the rocky seafloor. These colonists mine metals for ...
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An Earth-like planet is found in another solar system. What are the top priorities after landing in order to create a self-sustaining colony?

Set in the not so distant future, we find a habitable planet very much like our own. The only downside is that it's around 500 years of travel with our current technological capabilities. We have to ...
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Minor terraforming that allows people, and doesn't inconvenience local flora and fauna

What I'm looking at doing is a small game where you land on a planet, and the atmosphere is not survivable by a human being, but there is local life. Over the course of the game, terraforming has to ...
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Cyborg and Interplanetary Exploration / Colonization [closed]

The exploration / colonization of space and nearby planets presents several challenges. Among these are lower gravity, lower pressure and exposure to both solar, and cosmic radiation -- each of which ...
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Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures ...
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What could cause the majority of people to live in space habitats?

So I'm thinking here about the sort of setting like Eclipse Phase, in which virtually all of humanity lives in a wide range of space habitats because of an apocalypse on Earth. I am imagining a ...
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How fast would a civilization with FTL spread out?

Let's say that a civilization has access to FTL. Let's say it is instantaneous so travel time between solar systems isn't a factor. How long would it take for them to spread out from their home solar ...
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Mean time to create ecumenopolis [duplicate]

We have fairly standard Sci-Fi scenario. Our human species somewhere near 2100s find ways of FTL travel and start colonizing galaxy. After some time they find also wormhole gateway connecting ...
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Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship ...
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Are generation ships inherently implausible?

So I've been thinking about the idea of a series that takes place on a small fleet of generation ships, traveling at around 10% of lightspeed to Proxima Centauri, which should take around half a ...
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Why would Earth be long-term unsuitable for an advanced alien species that's already colonized it?

I'm writing a story where aliens are using humanity like a botnet to do hyper complex calculations - each infested human has a program running in their subconscious brain that does a small part of the ...
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Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would have ...
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Would living on around Alpha Centauri change how our eyes see color?

I am writing a sci fi novel in which one of the primary factions is a lost space colony sent to Proxima Centauri (Alpha Centauri C) roughly 350 years prior on a generation ship. The trip took roughly ...
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Environment/Ecosystem for a “Sunfall” colony

I've read a lot of posts about moons around large gas giants and I think I have fairly good idea about basics to them. I'm not super great with all the science parts myself but they give me lots of ...
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Would that heat-engine provide power to the colony on Titan?

I have an idea for an energy source for a colony on a cold world with not enough solar power. Is my idea workable, or is it debunked as perpetual motion machine? Here is the set-up and my plan: ...
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What would an asteroid impact feel like to someone standing on the moon?

On the Earth, with our atmosphere, even small objects entering the atmosphere such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk can do devastating damage due to the shock-wave travelling through the air. People could ...
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How could an overseer of a space colony make sure that the defensive weapons the settlers are using cannot be turned against him?

I have this idea of a mining colony on an isolated planet. It's a dome like structure in a middle of an desert surrounded by a force field and some physical walls. The complex is lead by an overseer ...
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What would be a good reason for space colonists to lose their technology?

In my universe, humans nuked themselves in a war so thoroughly that the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. As a result, they have to leave Earth and find a new home. They briefly tried to settle ...
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If Vikings Settled on a Tropical Island, How Would That Affect Up The Native Ecosystem? [closed]

An ice age has hit the already cold planet of Ryu 108. Its inhabitants, with the culture and technology of Scandinavia at the height of the viking age, are forced to feed themselves with a drastically ...
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Would it be easier to colonise a living world or a dead world?

This question about eating on a alien world got me thinking.... Would it be easier for humans to colonise a world with existing life, or one which was biologically dead? For the living world, let us ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...
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Maintaining Earthlike Gravity on other Worlds/Stations [closed]

I am writing my first short story in science fiction and am struggling with the issue of gravity. TLDR: What would it take to make a planet match Earth's gravity (e.g. Titan (yes, it's a moon but ...
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How would an AI divide its physical sphere of inflence into a “grid” of sectors?

So, my colony mothership crawls along through sub-space at a "slow" ftl as it sends out faster probes ahead of it. Once it has located a cluster (meaning an acceptably dense grouping, not necessarily ...
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How would gravity and centrifugal force interact in Dyson constructs?

I am developing an alien race whose homeworld is a Dyson sphere planetoid (they used collected planetary and asteroid matter to construct a "hollow planet" around their sun, along with "night" solar ...
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Methods and Feasibility of Antimatter Mining?

Say 200-300 years in the future, humankind has colonized much of the solar system, using a combination of laser thermal drives and solid-core nuclear rockets (fusion never really panned out). ...
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Playing boules… IN SPACE!

Boules is a range of relative games played with small, heavy steel balls thrown on a court, such as the French Petanque and Italian Bocce. While there is variation between games in terms of how and ...
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Help with population figures for colonization game

I am working on a space game that allows players to participate in the human colonization of a distant star cluster. I could use some help determining what sort of numbers I should have aboard the ...
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How large would a space station have to be to hold one million people indefinitely?

A moon-sized asteroid approaches Earth in the near future, where space tourism has become normal. The Earth has a few satellite structures above Mars conducting research, as well as successful ...
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What resources would Earth want from a STL colonial civilization? [duplicate]

In the year 21XX, Earth sends several slower-than-light ships to colonize Earth-like planets. The atmosphere, topsoil mineral composition, and the frequency profile and intensity of light on these ...
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How long would could a mars rover remain intact?

The year: Sometime a long time from now The place: Mars Little Bobby Colonist is going to play out in sand dunes beyond the edge of the domed city where he lives. Terraforming efforts over the last ...
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If there were no space agencies, could a person go to space?

I'm writing a story and I was thinking about the ending in advance. I posted a question about how the population would be wiped out. I have developed from that and thought about the virus having no ...
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Does it make sense to occupy open space?

I was thinking about space as a measured and marked series of boundary lines to denote ownership and governance. The problem is that I'm having trouble seeing that as useful. If there's no particular ...
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Can we realisticly ever land on alien planet? [closed]

This question is heavily inspired by Netflix series Another Life We build another worlds to be explored. Mostly by humans. However, reckless behavior of space crew of ship Salvare made me realize, ...
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Why will we fail creating a self sustaining off world colony?

There have been many (many) questions around here about the how, why & even when will man kind become a multi planet society... this is not one of them. This question in fact goes the other way ...
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Depopulating the Earth in an Ethical Manner [closed]

In my novel, an alien species has defeated Earth and its sister planets, but rather than outright slaughter, subjugation or slavery, they want to remove all (or effectively all) Humans from Earth so ...
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The galaxy is our nursery [closed]

My question: Given that all of the technology I describe actually exists, what would be the most significant risks for the space-colonization project described below? The Project: A group of ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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What could a self-sustaining lunar colony slowly lose that would ultimately prove fatal?

I've got a lunar colony that was set up to be self-sustaining before a collapse of life on Earth. The colony has survived on its own for several thousand years through a period of technological ...
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Could a planet evolve to have jungles, woodlands, savannas and meadows - but no animal bigger than an insect?

I want to have a group of space colonists get stranded on a planet where the only way they can get enough nourishment is to gather or cultivate edible plants.
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What sort of atmosphere would develop around an asteroid colony?

In the not too distant future, mankind has established several mining bases on Ceres. There are a lot of spaceships which come and go. Large mining machines are chewing up the interior for resources. ...
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Is it possible for a space city to exist in and draw power from a nebula? Any side effects?

For context, this takes place about 300 years in the future. The space city in question is located in a nebula, completely man-made (not build upon any preexisting foundations like an asteroid etc.), ...
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Plants accidentally exposed to vacuum of space - Will the settlers save them on time?

A newly-built base on the moon has the first two compartments of a pressurized greenhouse farm. An airlock system automatically seals one compartment off the others when pressure sensors indicate a ...
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Enclosed space colony and spread of common viruses

Cold and Flu, are common viruses which normally infect us in the cold of winter. Ironically, those people who always keep themselves warm, stay less out-of-the-house and office, keep their windows ...
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Is a “Democratic” Oligarchy-Style System Possible?

I am considering a story where a group of human colonists looking to colonize an alien world come across another human society on an alien world on the other side of a wormhole. The colonists crash ...

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