In recent years, researchers have explored the possibility of colonizing other planets. For now, Mars is the most successful. Private companies like SpaceX plan to bring space travelers there in the coming years.
While all eyes are on the Red Planet, physicist and astrobiologist Pekka Janhunnen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute suggests focusing on another celestial body. According to him, Ceres would be a better candidate for colonization. It is a dwarf planet 952 km in diameter that lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
In a study published Jan. 6, 2021 on arXiv, Pekka Janhunnen explains why Ceres would be ideal for establishing human life. It should be noted that this research has not yet been peer reviewed.
A “megasatellite” around Ceres
Reality is getting closer and closer to fiction. Just look at the colonization project established by Pekka Janhunnen. According to him, the establishment of man on Ceres will be done through the creation of a “megasatellite” placed around this planet.
This disc-shaped structure will be composed of cylindrical vessels which will be connected to each other. These spatial habitats will be equipped to accommodate around 50,000 people. They will be equipped with solar panels which will collect sunlight. These vessels will also be able to generate a gravity similar to that of the Earth and an artificial atmosphere.
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But what does Ceres have more than the other planets? Well, for starters, the distance from it to Earth is comparable to the distance between our planet and Mars. The trip will therefore be relatively easy. On the other hand, Ceres is also rich in nitrogen which is "a necessary component of the air of the colony. "
This salty planet also contains a large amount of water below its surface. Pekka Janhunnen explained that the colony will be able to use space elevators of 1,024 km to transfer these materials from the planet to the mega-satellite that houses it. He added that Mars was not the perfect candidate for establishing human life:
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“I am concerned that the children who grow up on Mars will not be able to grow into healthy adults (in terms of muscle and bone) due to the Martian gravity which is extremely low. "
Such a project should take 12 years to see the light of day.