Category Archives: space colonization

Space habitats: the way of the future?

Matthew S. Williams has written a good and elaborate article about space habitats on Interesting Engineering:

Are Space Habitats the Way of the Future

Williams discusses the basics of orbital space settlement and the major benefits and the important problems associated with this concept.

A pair of O’Neill cylinders, one of the habitat types discussed by Williams (source: NASA).

Coriolis effect

As pointed out in a previous post centrifugation is the method proposed in space colonization literature to replace gravity in orbital space habitats. Though the centrifugal force is the most well-known effect of a rotating object (if not, consider your washing machine for a moment), its sister force, the Coriolis force is less known. Continue reading Coriolis effect

Anti-radiation medicine?

Cosmic radiation is one, if not the most, major obstacle to space colonization. Different proposals have been made to address this issue. However, scientists have discovered that a protein called URI can protect against high dose radiation.

Though this research is done in mice and with the intend to help cancer patients through radiotherapy, it is still highly relevant for human space settlers.