The Moon’s centrifugal towers could hold the key to extraterrestrial life • The Register


in Japanese scientists are bringing a new twist to human life in space with a proposal to build centrifugal skyscrapers on the Moon and Mars.

Scholars and people from Kyoto University to Kajima Construction, one of Japan’s largest construction companies, have been involved in this concept which they call “Luna Glass” and “Mars Glass”.

If the glass towers were to be erected, they would be 400 meters high (about the height of the Empire State Building in New York) and 100 meters wide. To provide the gravity we are used to on our homeworld, the tower will rotate on its central axis at a rate of one revolution every 20 seconds. The researchers said the constellations would produce around 1 gigagram at their widest point, the same gravitational force found on Earth.

People will live on the tower’s interior walls, much like the Dyson Sphere featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Halo episodes of the eponymous game series, Ring-like home Considered by NASA, or any number of science -fiction and non-fiction necessities that rely on centrifugal force to generate artificial gravity.

Life inside Luna Glass from the inside

The researchers stated in the article Declare the concept (which is automatically translated). The team said research on low gravity in humans has been limited to adults and that the research has shown how serious the problem of zero gravity or low gravity can be for human health.

According to NASA, astronauts lose muscle mass faster, are at increased risk of kidney stones and calcium deficiency, may have vision problems, develop enlarged brains and lose 1-1.5% of their mineral density weight-bearing bone per month. The Japanese team takes these concerns one step further: if people lived in space, what would low gravity do to child development, and how would it complicate childbirth?

“We consider that a living installation of artificial gravity can be generated [1G to be] The Japanese team said … the basic technology for humans to advance in space.

This is a video of the constellation Mars Perhaps They look, by Kyoto standards:

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In addition to developing the glass towers, the Kyoto/Kajima team said their conceptual vision for life in space also includes two other components: a “base biome” made up of the minimum amount of natural materials needed to provide the colony with food, clothing and shelter; and “hexatrack”, a train-like artificial gravity transportation system designed to keep Moon-bound and Mars-bound colonists on Earth during the long journey.

Yusuke Yamashiki, director of the Kyoto University department working on the project, said that while countries like the United States and the United Arab Emirates are trying to colonize the Moon and Mars, they have not yet approached the three concepts his team developed. .

“These three pillars that we are proposing are essential technologies that are not in the development plans of other countries and are indispensable to ensure that human colonization of space is realized in the future,” Yamashiki said. ®


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