Archive for the 'space colonies' Category

Life in a Space Colony

What would life be like in an orbiting Space Colony? Maybe something like this:

Although no one is going to build anything that large in LEO, atmospheric friction would bring it crashing down to Earth.

Heres another vision:

Exodus Earth – Venus

Venus is a hellish planet and within our solar system the world that is most reminiscent of Dante’s vision of Inferno. Today with our host physicist Dr. Basil Singer we explore the possibility of colonizing Venus.

Venus is perhaps the most difficult planet in the solar system that we could possibly colonize. Yet, the colonization of Venus has been a subject of much speculation and many works of science fiction since before the dawn of spaceflight, and is still much discussed. Are floating cloud cities hovering over Venus’ hellish surface in our future?

Exodus Earth – Venus

Exodus Earth – Titan

Today on Discovery Enterprise we begin a brand new series of exciting documentaries entitled “Exodus Earth” hosted by British physicist Dr. Basil Singer. In this series Dr. Singer explores one very important question – If Earth became uninhabitable, where would humans live?

With Dr. Basil Singer we explore the question does humanity have a future in the Cosmos beyond its planetary home the Earth. In Exodus Earth, the six-part series we investigate if humans could possibly call Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Gliese 581c home in the future.

In the name of science, Dr. Singer subjects himself to extreme temperatures; tests new survival technologies designed to keep humans alive in harsh environments; suffers the rigors of travel in zero gravity; explores ideas for new human habitats in the sky; and more.

Exodus Earth – Titan

Space Colonies: Living Among the Stars

“Teetering here on the fulcrum of destiny stands our own bemused species. The future of the universe hinges on what we do next. If we take up the sacred fire, and stride forth into space as the torchbearers of Life, this universe will be aborning. If we carry the green fire-brand from star to star, and ignite around each a conflagration of vitality, we can trigger a Universal metamorphosis. Because of us, the barren dusts of a million billion worlds will coil up into the pulsing magic forms of animate matter. Because of us, landscapes of radiation blasted waste, will be miraculously transmuted: Slag will become soil, grass will sprout, flowers will bloom, and forests will spring up in once sterile places. Ice, hard as iron, will melt and trickle into pools where starfish, anemones, and seashells dwell — a whole frozen universe will thaw and transmogrify, from howling desolation to blossoming paradise. Dust into Life; the very alchemy of God”.
Marshall T. Savage, author of The Millennial Project: Colonizing The Galaxy In Eight Easy Steps.

Today on Discovery Enterprise we take an exciting voyage into the future and explore the wonderful and exciting possibility of humanity expanding outwards from its planetary abode to make its home amongst the stars.

In “Space Colonies: Living Among the Stars” we examine the scientific basis for the growing belief that humans can and will carry our civilization far from Earth through the eyes of such visionaries as Marshal T. Savage, Robert Zubrin, Christopher McKay, Jim Benson and Gerard K O’Neill.

Space Colonies : Living Among the Stars

Island One – Settlements in Space

A friend of mine posted this wonderful video on FaceBook. It is a short introductory film about the Island One space settlement concept. This conceptual space colony is also referred to as a Bernal Sphere, after the space visionary James Desmond Bernal, who first proposed it back in 1929 in his book “The World, the Flesh and the Devil”.

This ideal was later championed by Gerard K. O’Neil in his book “The High Frontier.” This presentation is a concise, yet very informative look at O’Neil’s central ideas relating to the settlement and colonization of space and what that might mean for humanity.

Gerard K. O’Neil’s vision has long suffered years of neglected and deserves to be reexamined by a new generation of space policy makers.

There is much in O’Neil’s High Frontier vision that can help us take the first crucial steps towards creating a space program which is both economical sustainable and politically justifiable in the short term and that will facilitate the long term goal of creating a spacefaring civilization.

O’Neil provided a unifying vision in the 1970s that demonstrated convincingly and clearly, that the resources of the solar system can indeed be incorporated into the economic sphere of human existence. And, that any serious discussion concerning humanity’s long term sustainable future here on Earth must look towards a future where people made a home for themselves amongst the stars.

Island One – Settlements in Space

Video Credits:
Presented by Max Emerson
Written by Adam Manning
With thanks to Aron Sora

Gaia Selene – Saving Earth by Colonizing the Moon

Today I decided to post the following promo for the feature documentary entitled ‘GAIA SELENE’. This documentary outlines just the type of space program we need to help solve many of our earth bound problems. A Space program that is both politically and economically sustainable as well justifiable. There are two and a half ways to save the Earth and two of them are on the Moon. The half measure that remains for us on Earth is to create a society committed to conservation and creating a Zero Waste Culture totally dedicated to recovering its reusable resources.

A new technological study reveals that by the year 2050 we will need three times as much primary power and it will have to be three times as clean. There is no earthly technology now on line, or capable of coming on line by the year 2050, that can help solve our energy and environmental problems.

This is program very reminiscent of that outlined by the late Gerald K O’Neill’s in his book ‘The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space’. O’Neill’s book emphasized the role of space colonies in building space based solar power satellites to provide earth with a safe, clean and plentiful supply of renewable energy.