Space Settlements - Spreading life throughout the solar system
       

 

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  • Who? Pioneers at first, billions of ordinary people later.
  • What? Artificial ecosystems inside gigantic rotating, pressurized spacecraft shielded from radiation.
  • Where? In orbit; near Earth at first.
  • How? Solar energy, lunar and asteroidal materials, and lots of hard work.
  • Why? To grow.
  • When? Good question, when do you start working on it?
  • How much will it cost? If you have to ask, you can't afford it ... unless

Student Design Contest

NASA Ames sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students.

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Other Space Settlement Web Sites

  • The Artemis Project to establish a self-sufficient lunar colony.
  • Issac Asimov on space settlements.
  • Cygo Space Initiative. CYGO's Space Initiative has to do with planning and deliberate action towards mining near earth asteroids, molding and casting of interlocking pieces, assembly of private interconnectable space vehicles, assembly of space platforms in various configurations (incl. settlements and quarters for residents and tourists) and assisting in the setting up of new commercial and industrial operations in space.
  • BIO-Plex Information Exchange. NASA Ames Research Center In-House LIfe Support Technology Review Databook.
  • Biosphere 2 was able to support 8 people for two years in a (almost) materially closed system, although many problems were encountered. See the FAQ. Such closed systems are essential for space colonization.
  • Burning the Cosmic Commons: Evolutionary Strategies for Interstellar Colonization.[PDF file] A paper by Robin Hanson
  • Mike Combs' Space Settlement FAQ.
  • Mike Combs' space settlement page.
  • Freeluna.com dedicated to the proposition that the colonization of outer space is critical for the long term survival of the human species, and that colonization of the moon and the exploitation of the moon's natural resources is one of the very best first steps in that incredible journey off planet.
  • Adaptation of Stereolithography to the In-Situ Construction of Lunar Basalt Structures A novel method of basalt casting with applications towards semi-autonomous robotic processing is presented by William Clawson.
  • First Millennial Foundation.
  • P.E.R.M.A.N.E.N.T. the Projects to Employ Resources of the Moon and Asteroids Near Earth in the Near Term.
  • Space ColonyH. Try this psychologically-based, problem-solving leadership game set in space.
  • The Space Frontier Foundation.
  • Spaceflight or Extinction A civilization restricted to the surface of a single planet has inevitable threats to its long-term existence. Natural threats such as epidemics and impacts from space objects, and man-made threats such as nuclear and biological war, will be joined by new threats from emerging sciences and technologies.
  • Space Quotes to Ponder What famous people (and some not famous) have said about why humankind must expand into space.
  • Space Studies Institue. This organization hosts a space settlement conference every two years.
  • National Space Society. Join the vision and put Space in your future.
  • Space Future for everyone who wants to go to space.
  • Spacesettlers. "Space Settlers" is the group for people who think that space settlements - huge rotating orbital habitats, or space cities - are a better option for human colonization in space than planetary colonization and terraforming. If you agree with this idea, come and discuss with us the better ways to make it a reality someday. If you don't agree, come and expose what you think are the weak points of that idea. Everyone who thinks that space colonization is the next great step for Humanity is welcome! Join the email group.

 
       
  Originally created by: NASA Ames Research Center
Curators: Al Globus and Bryan Yager
Design: Victoria Callor
Rehosted by: National Space Society
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