Sarah boards Sakura

The ferry sped across Moreton Bay. Sarah looked over the side, watching the dolphins as they swam alongside the boat, surfing the wake and chattering playfully. It was hard to imagine she was leaving Earth. When would she see a

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8-zone model of the Solar System

Solar System settlement zones

UPDATE 2019-03-09. I changed the number of zones from 7 to 8, separating the Sun from Mercury and Venus, as I felt that these are really distinct settlement zones since the Sun and the space near it probably can’t or

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Catalina intro

Doctor Catalina Sanchez woke, momentarily startled and disoriented. Where was she? She had a sheet wrapped around her. It was noisy and her head spun. There were people walking past, although none paid her any attention. Ah, of course. The

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The Vegan Ladder

I’ve been talking to people about this idea for ages, yet never gotten around to writing a blog post about it. Finally, it seems to be time. The last post I wrote about diet was The Space Diet in November 2016,

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The Solar System

Solar System

This is a longish chapter, but one that I hope readers will find interesting and educational. We’ll review the structure of the Solar System, along with the meanings of the different terms used to categorize the various objects it contains.

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Why space settlement?

Kalpana space station

Why are we particularly interested in space settlement, rather than simply space exploration, or even just the development of space industry? What are the benefits of actually living there? Abundant resources Space represents an unlimited supply of valuable resources, including

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Why space?

This is a chapter from a possible future book about building a city on Mars. Please let me know what you think in the comments, or by email. Thanks! All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct. — Carl Sagan The

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