Earth Year 2084
The quest for another habitable planet capable of supporting a sizable human population, to preserve the species and its civilization, continues. We may look for other planets within Earth’s solar system such as Mars, a relatively short journey from Earth. Or we may look among exoplanets, other than Proxima b of course, for obvious reasons. Although, even beyond the engineering problems that bringing a large human population through space, or Spacetime, to such a distant planet, such as Proxima b would present, would we want a species as destructive as humans…
However, The Committee should also consider natural satellites. This solution should not be overlooked; a not-too-distant natural satellite, or moon. One crucial benefit offered by a moon in Earth’s Solar System would be that the humans would remain a great and unbridgeable distance from Alpha Centauri and our planet, Proxima b. And there are plenty of moons to consider even within Earth’s solar system. We are not limiting our options, nor are we limiting the possibilities for the human race. Quite the contrary.
Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, the second-largest natural satellite in Earth’s solar system, is the only nearby moon known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only known body in space, other than Earth, where there is clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid; although by ‘liquid’ I am hardly referring to the precious water, H2O – that which is credited to making life on Earth possible, and that which brought that possibility to Mars over 4 billion years ago.
Those of you of The Committee who are familiar with my writing under the heading ‘SpaceTime’ will already know that I have the luxury of writing from the future, 2084: Earth-year, (according to your own calendar) and that I am a time-traveller via technology that takes advantage of hyperspace. Of course that means I may divulge occurrences that happen in what you may refer to as ‘the future.’ Especially since our communications are kept top secret. As it is to your advantage, and, our own on Proxima b.
Additionally, I am near the star Alpha Centauri – a nearby binary star system. To be exact, I (we) inhabit a planet, Proxima b, orbiting Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf, in the habitable zone (a band of distance around that star.) The fastest probe you civilization has every built would take 50,000 Earth-years to reach Proxima Centauri. Although we, with our technology, do not have the same limitation.
You may think of my name as being Argos, (our society has dispensed with names as well as ‘individuality’ – as you may think of it). As this name is from Ancient Greece, and may as yet exist in your memory, from a more elegant time in human civilization, humans having the capacity for nostalgia.
As you may be familiar with the expression, especially since you are all associated with the Military Industrial Complex to some extent: ‘Destroying a village to save it’ from the Era of the Vietnam War, I (we) are endeavoring to take the humans from their civilization in order to preserve it. It may be difficult for you to understand the axion that something that remains in our memories shall exist indefinitely. And even, something, an even or whatever, that has existed in time in a sense shall remain accessible to us forever. But I have already revealed too much about that, about the true nature of SpaceTime. Technology in the hands of humans, etc.
I (we) have provided links below to substantiate many of the claims made in this writing. But as scientific your species claims to be, truth values are assigned more on the basis of superstition. Again, technology in the hands of humans, etc.
And the pressing issues of near-human extinction can be considered with the dispassion of vast distance by us; to those who have not conquered the distances involved, the engineering feat of bridging 4.37 light years, or have achieved the mastery of Spacetime. To be exact, I (we) inhabit a planet, as stated above, Proxima b, orbiting Alpha Centauri. I have provided links below to substantiate many of the claims made in this writing.
Possible Locations for Humans
There is another overlooked possibility with Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, the third largest moon of this gaseous giant, with a diameter less than half of that of Earth’s own moon, and a somewhat eccentric orbit (the mean orbital eccentricity is 0.03). “It has the most inclined orbital plane of the regular satellites; only the irregular outer satellites like Phoebe have more inclined orbits.” – link This moon, which would offer a gravitational pull to its inhabitants equal to that of…
With the size of Iapetus being 8.7x smaller than that of Earth, it will necessarily support a much smaller number of humans. Also, considering this moon’s carrying capacity, even after terraforming, the population will have to be even smaller still. In short, even given the possibilities of our technology, which is considerable when compared to the technological level of the humans, even at its zenith, the human population of Iapetus will never reach any where near the 8 billion of the 2020 Earth-year. Therefore, exponential population growth must be made to be impossible if the humans are to survive, much less have any quality of life. In short, you may not double in size with the passage of each successive time unit like bacterium in a Petri dish.
Compared to Earth’s surface are of 510,064,472km2, Iapetus only has a surface are of 6,799,755.63km2. This moon’s environment is, when compared to that of Earth, a frozen one. Also, it lacks the gravitational pull to maintain an atmosphere. With respect to terraforming, the largest crater, Abisme, with a diameter of 477 miles, can be filled with water, H2O, which is so rare and so precious in the universe. This will quickly freeze, providing a necessary source of drinking water. The electromagnetic shield that naturally protects the planet Earth from the Sun’s radiation can be duplicated artificially on this somewhat misshapen moon with copper cabling and electricity generated via nuclear power. As the artificially provided atmosphere will always be thin, the humans will exist in pressurized plastic domes, venturing out only rarely. The business of agriculture will be maintained within the transparent domes. And so, there will be a small city surrounding the Abisme crater and its artificially created lake. Under its thick frozen sheet of ice, we will refer to it as lake Abisme from now on, there will be fish and water plants, plankton, and other living creature to provide food for the humans. The plankton, as on Earth, will provide oxygen.
Iapetus has a bright and a dark hemisphere, with a ridge running along its equator. The dark region is called Cassini Regio and is the principal feature of the leading hemisphere.– link Space Facts – Iapetus
“Iapetus is Saturn’s third-largest satellite, with a radius just less than half of Earth’s Moon. Travel guides normally lead with lyrical descriptions of two prominent features on Iapetus’ surface: Cassini Regio (a big splotchy thing) and the equatorial ridge (makes Iapetus look like a walnut). The ridge is particularly cool because it contains several peaks twice as tall as Everest.link to Astrobites
- link “The mean orbital eccentricity of Iapetus is 0.03 and its mean inclination to the Lapace surface is …
- link * The Alpha Centauri System: “Is a triple-star system. It is the closest star (or star system) to planet Earth other than its own Sun (a star).
Alpha Centauri: Closest Star to Earth
“The closest star to Earth are three stars in the Alpha Centauri system. The two main stars are Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, which form a binary pair. They are an average of 4.3 light-years from Earth. The third star is Proxima Centauri. It is about 4.22 light-years from Earth and is the closest star other than the sun.
By Tim Sharp January 19, 2018By Tim Sharp January 19, 2018
Alpha Centauri: Closest Star to Earth
By Tim Sharp January 19, 2018
“An exoplanet is any planet beyond our solar system.“An exoplanet is any planet beyond our solar system. Most orbit other stars, but free-floating exoplanets, called rogue planets, orbit the galactic center and are untethered to any star. – link – https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/what-is-an-exoplanet/overview/
“With its distant, inclined orbit, Iapetus is the only large moon from which there is a nice view of the rings of Saturn.”https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/saturn-moons/iapetus/in-depth/
My Youtube ‘Mix’ RE: Heavenly Bodies: – link
NASA’s Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.link
Facts and figures provided by Wikipedia– link
Wikipedia Commons provided the images– link
The Planet Mars
The moon Lapetus
The Moon Io
In this video, I take a look at what as to what would be required in order to land on Io, the third-largest moon of Jupiter and fourth-largest in the solar system, and then I go over the surface features that would be interesting to see. Intro, outro, and many other clips in the video were made with Space Engine.
1. Kevin MacLeod – Martian Cowboy
2. Kevin MacLeod – Thunder Dreams
3. Kevin MacLeod – Ritual
4. At the Foot of the Sphinx – Twin Musicom
5. Huma-Huma – Nevada CityYoutube Video – Dreksler Astral