Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Colonizing Jupiter (Outward Bound series)

Another Outward Bound series explores “Colonizing Jupiter”.

The video examines the four major satellites:  Io, Europa (the best known), Ganymede and Callisto.  

 The last of these is the most sheltered from radiation.

The video examines the idea of subterranean ocean life on all four, and there may not be the interaction of a shore which could have helped Earth life get started.

The film has some narrative connection to the previous film on Titan (Jan. 9), as the protagonist was cured of cancer (maybe by Jack Andraka’s nanobots) after downloading a backup of his consciousness on Titan’s quantum computer (no doubt designed by Google Project Zero as well as Graz University’s Daniel Gruss).

At about 14 minutes, the film talks about our lack of knowledge of low gravity living.  It is possible to build a rotating rama to simulate Earth’s gravity, but you have to factor in a Coriolis force added from the moon itself. I have this issue in my own “Epiphany” screenplay.  The film suggests a system of rotating teacups as in an amusement park as a better solution than a typical rama.

The most provocative part of the film deals with colonizing the atmosphere of Jupiter itself, possibly with intersecting bands of rama-surfaces about 1.5 times the radius of the visible planet, to get close to Earth’s gravity.  Then they talk about turning Jupiter into a star (not just a brown dwarf) which Arthur C. Clarke had done with the film 2010.

Wikipedia attribution link for NASA p.d. picture of Jupiter’s clouds. 

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