Stations in space? Let’s call them space stations (science video).
Dearest SFcrowsnest readers – yes, I’m looking at you – hold onto your hats and buckle up for a space adventure like no other. In this science video, we’re going to explore the wacky world of science, science fiction and the wild imagination of writers who envision humanity’s future among the stars.
As we look towards the future of space exploration, we can’t help but wonder what kind of environments we’ll need to build for ourselves. After all, we can’t survive on air alone, and we certainly can’t rely on the harsh and unforgiving conditions of space to keep us alive.
So what do we do? Well, we build artificial habitats, of course! These enormous structures will be like miniature worlds, complete with their own ecologies and environments that will allow us to thrive and survive in the vast emptiness of space.
But what would these habitats look like? Well, science fiction has provided us with plenty of examples to draw from. For starters, let’s look at the world of “Elysium.” In this movie, humanity has built a giant space station where the wealthy elite live in luxury, while the rest of us toil away on a decaying and overcrowded Earth.
But the real star of the show is the space station itself. It’s a massive ring-shaped structure that spins to simulate gravity, with its own lush gardens, lakes, and even a swimming pool. It’s the ultimate luxury resort in space, and it’s a perfect example of the kind of artificial habitats we might need to build in the future.
But not all habitats will be so luxurious. In the classic science fiction novel “Ringworld,” by Larry Niven, humanity has built a massive ring-shaped structure around a star, which serves as a habitat for millions of people. But instead of lush gardens and swimming pools, this habitat is a barren wasteland, with its own unique ecosystem of bizarre creatures and plants.
Then there’s the world of “Interstellar,” where humanity has built enormous cylindrical habitats that spin to create artificial gravity. These habitats are essentially giant tubes, with their own forests, lakes, and even a simulated sunrise and sunset.
But perhaps the most unique example of an artificial habitat comes from the world of “Red Dwarf.” In this classic British sci-fi comedy, humanity has built a giant spaceship that travels through space, searching for a new home. But instead of a sleek, modern spaceship, the crew of the Red Dwarf lives in a rundown, dilapidated ship that’s falling apart at the seams.
Despite its shabby appearance, the Red Dwarf is still a marvel of engineering. It has its own artificial ecosystems, including a farm where the crew grows their own food, and a holographic recreation room where they can escape the drudgery of space travel.
The future of space exploration is full of wonder, excitement, and most importantly, massive artificial habitats. Whether we’re living in luxury or scraping by in a dilapidated spaceship, one thing is certain: humanity will do whatever it takes to survive and thrive among the stars.