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  Space colonization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Space colonization, also called space settlement and space humanization, is the possible permanent autonomous (self-sufficient) human habitation of locations outside Earth.
Free space locations in space would necessitate a space habitat, also called space colony and orbital colony, or a space station which would be intended as a permanent settlement rather than as a simple waystation or other specialized facility.
Space and Human Survival: My Views on the Importance of Colonizing Space Sylvia Engdahl discusses the "critical stage" where a level of technology allows both space colonization and human extinction.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Space_colonization   (4249 words)

 Embryo space colonization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Embryo space colonization is an interstellar space colonization proposal that involves sending a robotic mission to a terrestrial planet (having a biosphere) transporting frozen early-stage embryos.
The concept circumvents the problem of freezing fully developed humans (which is not technologically feasible today and is regarded by many scientists as never feasible; see cryonics) for the hundreds or thousands of years required for interstellar journeys.
Jack Williamson's Manseed has as a protagonist one of the robots responsible for protecting and assisting colonists created on a new planet by an automated "seedship", though in this case the colonists are "born" as full adults and with implanted knowledge recorded from preexisting humans via mind transfer technology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Embryo_space_colonization   (728 words)

 Space Colonization Basics
Space settlement feasibility was addressed in a series of summer studies at NASA Ames Research Center in the 1970's.
Space colonization is extraordinarily expensive because launch vehicles are difficult to manufacture and operate.
Space tourism has launch requirements similar to space settlement suggesting that a radical improvement in manufacturing technology may be necessary to enable space colonization.
space.alglobus.net /Basics/wwwwh.html   (3938 words)

 Space Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
For many present-day decision makers, the argument that immediate space colonization may save 10-to-the-60th man-years in the future may not be as persuasive as an argument that space colonization can solve problems of the moment and that taxpayers and constituents will be benefitted now or in the near future.
A method has emerged for the efficient colonization of space which can be implemented quickly, economically, and in addition be very tangibly beneficial to man. Gerard K O'Neill, a professor of physics at Princeton, has devoted years to perfecting a design for satellite colonies that would orbit the earth about every 2 or 4 weeks.
Falconi considers this dissertation on space colonization to be, by far, his most important contribution; and it is his greatest desire that it will play some small part in helping man survive.
nutri.com /space   (10896 words)

 Peder Anker | the ecological Colonization of Space | Environmental History, 10.2 | The History Cooperative
The skeptical minority argued that space colonization was unrealizable or unethical, yet nevertheless adopted terminology, technology, and methodology from space research in their efforts to reshape the social and ecological matrix onboard Spaceship Earth.
Yet, as this article argues, when space colonies became the model for Spaceship Earth, all human beings became "Space natives" colonized by ecological reasoning: Social, political, moral, and historical space were invaded by ecological science aimed at reordering ill-treated human environments according to the managerial ideals of the astronaut's life in the space colony.
The space cabin therefore needed to be equipped with high-tech computer-driven air-conditioning, composting, bio-toilets, algae-sewage rinsing, and solar cellars.
www.historycooperative.org /journals/eh/10.2/anker.html   (11650 words)

 Ian Korman's Webpage Dedicated to Terraforming and Astrobiology
The colonization of space is vital to the continued expansion and advancement of the human race.
The colonization of space is reliant upon terraforming in which astrobiology is a vital science.
Space Colonization is simply the habitation by people of environments other than the Earth.
www.kormanworld.net /spacework   (1403 words)

 Orbital Space Colonies
Colonization of those bodies is in fact much less desirable than orbital colonization, even though Mars and the Moon are the only practical solid bodies suitable for colonization in the solar system, at least for the next few centuries.
Space solar power can be generated by solar cells on large panels as with current satellites, or by concentrators that focus sunlight on a fluid, perhaps water, which is vaporized and used to turn turbines.
Even someone born and raised in a 1g orbital space colony (meaning a colony rotating fast enough to produce 1g of pseudo-gravity on the inside of the rim) would be physically strong enough to move to Earth without hardship.
members.aol.com /oscarcombs/excerpts.html   (7761 words)

 Space Colonization Home
Unfortunately, though, governmental space exploration, though making slow gains, is still a crippled and fickle force, funded by a population which is largely indifferent to anything beyond their own experience.
Private space work is growing much faster, but is still limited to launching satellites into Earth orbit and passengers into sub-orbital space, ignoring the much more questionably profitable activities beyond our planet's orbit.
The goals are to work to increase public support for space exploration and colonization and to come up with sound plans that can be utilized by government or private agencies to explore.
www.spacecolonization.com   (166 words)

 Evolutionary Signficance of Space Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
More and more, it is being recognized that space studies should not remain the exclusive province of technological disciplines, and increased interest in man’s imminent utilization of the space environment is being shown by scholars outside the aerospace community.
It is essential that the premise of the thesis be made clear at the outset: “space colonization” refers not to the establishment of outposts on the moon or other planets, but to the construction of large ecologically self-sufficient habitats in space itself.
It must be emphasized that this is progress for the species as a whole, not for the particular culture(s) that initiate(s) space colonization (and for this reason the literature of cultural ecology is less relevant than it might seem).
www.sylviaengdahl.com /space/evolu.htm   (1539 words)

 Cosmic Search Vol. 1, No. 2 - Forum: Space Colonization and SETI
Now, of course, one of the most important characteristics of the spread into the galaxy, of which the space colonies are the first step, is the escape from the stultifying decay and stagnation which is one of the likely end points that determines the lifetime of a communicating civilization.
The main reason is that this development, this break-out into space, is something that will require roughly 15 years to occur, and that is much longer than the time horizon for any private capital venture which is normally limited to about 5 years.
It came as something of a surprise to me that with that kind of spacing and centimeter wavelengths that the entire universe is within the near-field or Fresnel field of the antenna and therefore it is possible in principle to measure the distance to every object in the universe.
www.bigear.org /vol1no2/oneill.htm   (5026 words)

 Space Colonization
Space colonization is a broad subject within the space community.
Space Colonization [accessed 06/2005] - A variety of links to many different sites on the colonization of space.
Space Settlements: Spreading Life Throughout the Solar System [accessed 06/2005]- Created by NASA AMES and includes information on NASA's annual space settlement design contest.
www.hq.nasa.gov /office/hqlibrary/pathfinders/colony.htm   (956 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Technology: Space: Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Supporting space colonization and the development of life and humanity on earth earth, the planets and in the universe.
Space Development Institute - Associated with the company SpaceDev, this nonprofit institute focuses on near Earth asteroid research and ways to open up space to all humanity.
Space Settlement Initiative - A proposal to grant ownership of land on the moon and Mars to companies that establish settlements and agree to sell passage to anyone willing to pay a fair price.
dmoz.org /Science/Technology/Space/Colonization   (936 words)

 Space Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
However, after the turn of the 21st century, space exploration and settlement began to be funded by all nations and supported by the United Nations.
The increase of populations throughout the world, leading to mass immigrations into the sparsely populated lands throughout the world, caused the need for exploration and development of space colonies.
This city’s population is presently 8,000, and it is accepting Earth immigrants with the arrival of each space shuttle.
www.fpsp.org /space_colonization.htm   (277 words)

 ISECCo Home Page: A CELSS (Biosphere) Research Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Although the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was mandated by the Space Settlement Act of 1988 to actually move from space exploration toward space colonization in our solar system, science experiments in key areas are slow to materialize.
Life in a space colony or life on Mars or life on the moon remains limited to space colonization diagrams and daydreams that provide excellent ideas, but lack the funding to carry them foreward.
Space settlement designs from Gerald K. O'Neil's huge cylinders designed to house 10,000 people to small research bases all rely on the biosphere for support--be it earth's natural biosphere or a closed ecosystem.
isecco.org   (768 words)

 SPACE.com -- Space Colonization: The Quiet Revolution
Advances in such areas as propulsion, power, using space resources, and giving other worlds a planetary makeover through terraforming -- along with public space travel -- are hastening the day of space colonization.
Rice said that the growing business of public space tourism "is really the spirit of colonization." The giggle factor of citizen space travelers is totally gone, he said.
Also the pay-for-a-seat travels to the space station of Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth in past years are milestones along the route, he added.
www.space.com /businesstechnology/technology/space_colonization_050223.html   (1149 words)

 Space Quotes to Ponder
In the universe, space travel may be the normal birth pangs of an otherwise dying race.
"Space colonization offers mankind a radically new and different option: The choice is no longer between continued growth until the limits of a small planet force collapse back to subsistence farming versus drastic social and economic changes to halt growth soon.
Successful extraterrestrial colonization, for example, might be counted as an evolutionary "success," and unsuccessful colonization--abandonment of the space effort--as an evolutionary "failure."...
www.sylviaengdahl.com /space/quotes.htm   (7805 words)

 The Space Review: Colonize the Moon before Mars
There are a number of reasons that the Moon is the best place to start space colonization, but the basis of most of them are its proximity to the Earth.
Space skills will be valuable and firms and people with experience on the Moon will be well able to help develop cislunar and martian systems.
The development of space law, especially property rights, mineral rights, and to a lesser extent labor law and human rights will create additional liquidity for other space colonization activities.
www.thespacereview.com /article/221/1   (1979 words)

 Space Colonization: Sybaris or Greenland? ©1985 Richard B. Lee / ©1997 Tom Tulien
Before leaving the matter of human colonization, I would like to report some observations on a recently discovered culture-that of the space scientists who were at the Interstellar Migration Conference.
I have the feeling that their visions of space are really a projection of the American free enterprise system into the cosmos.
Implicite in the ethos of these space scientists is an interesting view of women contained in the models of rapid population growth.
www.marswest.org /perspective14.html   (560 words)

 ITSF Brochure: Colonization of Space: Colonization of Other Planets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Colonization of other planets is a common theme in science fiction.
A novel that deals exclusively with colonization and the problems that could be faced by colonists is "Legacy of Heorot" (1987) by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes.
Yet, the need for space and the potential safety for humans as a species lead us to the conclusion that colonization will have to happen.
www.itsf.org /brochure/colonization.html   (268 words)

 Space Settlement
Space settlement is a unique concept for colonization beyond the Earth.
While most thinking regarding the expansion of the human race outward into space has focused on the colonization of the surfaces of other planets, the space settlement concept suggests that planetary surfaces may not be the best location for extraterrestrial colonies.
Most of the concepts on this webpage and in the Space Settlement FAQ are from "The High Frontier" by Gerard K. O'Neill, which is available from the Space Studies Institute.
members.aol.com /oscarcombs/settle.htm   (272 words)

 SPACE.com -- The Top 3 Reasons to Colonize Space
The economics of space colonization: Asteroids could be mined for minerals and construction materials.
Space colonization is not a new idea, but it is one that, despite decades of talk, has yet to be realized.
Many promoters of putting humans permanently in space say the first step need not be all that big, with Mars right next door, cosmically speaking.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/colonize_why_011008-1.html   (478 words)

 The Preparation: Book on Space colonizatin, transhumans, nanotechnology.
During the 20th century space colonization was nothing more than a dream, dreamed by visionaries and science fiction writers.
If mankind follows the same behavior pattern developing these powerful new technologies that he followed with past technology, all life could be in danger of extinction.
The immediate colonization of space is now an imperative, though most have yet to accept this new reality.
www.thepreparation.com   (246 words)

 Open Directory - Science:Technology:Space:Colonization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This section is for the technologies needed to move humanity into space and the organizations dedicated to that goal.
Space colonization is the process through which we become a true space faring civilization by placing self sustaining colonies in space or on other worlds.
Regularly issued publications containing articles and illustrations on the subject of space colonization and development.
dmoz.org /Science/Technology/Space/Colonization/desc.html   (209 words)

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