A new work suggests the creation of a mega-colony of thousands of moons orbiting the dwarf planet Cyrus, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Live Science.
This work, by Peka Janhun, an astronomer at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, suggests the construction of a large human habitation system with thousands of cylindrical structures that can accommodate 57,000 people.
He describes his vision of a “megasatellite” consisting of thousands of cylinders of spacecraft, all interconnected in a disk-shaped frame that constantly orbits Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Each of these cylinders can maintain an artificial atmosphere and create an Earth-like gravity using the centrifugal force of its own rotation.
Average distance to Earth Janhunen writes that it is comparable to Mars, making travel relatively easy, but the dwarf planet also has a great advantage: it is rich in Azot , Which will be crucial in the development of the atmosphere of the orbiting settlement.
Instead of building a colony on the surface of the planet Ceres, which is only 1/13 of the distance from Earth, space elevators can be used to transfer raw materials directly from the planet to their habitat.
This orbital lifestyle will solve one of the problems that scientists face: the health of low gravity.
My concern is that children in a Martian habitation will not develop into healthy adults (in terms of muscles and bones) because the gravity on Mars is so small, ”Janhunen writes.
At the suggestion of Janhunen, each cylinder of the Ceres megasatellite will produce its own. Gravity By rotation; Each cylindrical ecosystem is approximately 10 km long and 1 km long and completes one rotation every 66 seconds, generating the concentrated force needed to mimic Earth-like gravity.
What will the colony of moons look like?
A single cylinder can hold up to 57,000 people and can be attached to neighboring cylinders with strong magnets. This correlation offers another great advantage: new cylinders can be added indefinitely to the edges of the colony, which allows unlimited expansion.
“The surface of Mars is smaller than Earth, and as a result, there is no room for significant population and economic development,” Janhunen told LiveScience. A cirrus colony “can be cultivated in one to millions of habitats.”
In addition to the cylinders and their massive frame, the main features of the colony are two large glass mirrors tilted 45 degrees to the disc to reflect the natural light required in each dwelling.
A portion of each cylinder will be dedicated to crops and trees planted in a 1.5 m thick soil bed.
Janhunen is optimistic that the first human inhabitants will be able to go to Cyrus within the next 15 years.