Humans could live on giant celestial bodies floating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter for the next fifteen years.
This is the Bunker claim made by the eminent scientist Pekka Janhonen, who said that millions of people could live in a mega-city by 2026.
Dr Janhonen, an astrophysicist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, described his vision in a paper published this month.
He has charted “super satellites” floating around the dwarf planet Ceres, which is roughly 325 million miles from Earth.
“The motivation is to have a settlement with an artificial gravity that allows it to grow outside the living area of the earth,” wrote Dr. Janhonen.
The vast majority of plots revolve around the moon to settle distant worlds Or Mars. This is largely due to their proximity to Earth.
On the other hand, Dr Janhunen’s suggestion seems more powerful.
Its disc-shaped habitat housed thousands of cylindrical structures, each of which housed more than 50,000 people.
These horns will be attached to powerful magnets and generate industrial appeal by spinning slowly.
Dr. Janhonen said residents were mining resources from Ceres 600 miles down the settlement and transporting them back up using “space elevators.”
“Lifting materials from Ceres is energy-cheap compared to treating them and converting them into habitats, if a space elevator is used,” he wrote.
“Since Ceres has low gravity and spins relatively quickly, a space elevator is possible.”
Dr. Janonen added that Ceres – the largest object in the asteroid belt – is the best destination for settlements outside the world due to the atmosphere rich in nitrogen.
This will allow settlers to create Earth-like conditions more easily than those who colonize the harsher, carbon dioxide-rich Martian environment.
This does not solve threats from rogue asteroids or space radiation, although Dr. Janhonen, who has worked with a number of Finnish researchers on the paper, thought about that as well.
He suggested that giant cylindrical mirrors placed around the huge satellite could protect it from bombing of all kinds.
These mirrors will also focus sunlight onto the habitat to grow crops and other plant life.
Everything looks pretty rosy, but Dr. Janhunen also highlighted a number of issues with the plans.
First, there is a not too small hurdle of getting people to Ceres.
NASA sent a probe there in 2015, a journey that took an amazing eight years – far too long to accommodate the hundreds of people using current technology.
Dr. Janhonen also admitted that the energy required to lift building materials from Ceres into orbit would be a major obstacle.
The research was published January 6 In the preprint journal Arxiv. It has not yet been reviewed by scholars.