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Japan plans to build artificial gravity structure on the Moon

By T.K. Randall
July 19, 2022 · Comment icon 7 comments

Is this the future of off-world living ? Image Credit: YouTube / Kajima Corporation
Engineers have developed a concept for a super-advanced spinning structure that people could one day live inside.
No matter how comfortable your space station, Moon base or Mars colony might be, it will always be lacking one of the most important things the human body needs to remain healthy over the long term - a local gravity environment equivalent to standing on the surface of the Earth.

While astronauts aboard the International Space Station attempt to mitigate the long-term effects of weightlessness by exercising, this can only provide a certain degree of effectiveness - especially for someone who might be spending most of their life in space.

Future colonists on the Moon and Mars will fare a little better because at least there is some gravity, but it's not enough to keep someone physically healthy over the course of years or decades.

Now in a bid to solve this problem, engineers at Kyoto University and the Kajima Corporation in Japan have developed a concept for a futuristic, spinning building capable of producing artificial gravity through centrifugal force.
known as "The Glass", this super-advanced cone-shaped structure would have a radius of around 100 meters, a height of 400 meters and would complete one spin every 20 seconds.

The goal is to build one of these for real on the Moon before the end of the century.

The team has also come up with a plan to build a high-speed transportation network connecting the Earth to other worlds, as well as a futuristic biome in which people could live and work.

You can check out a visual representation of these ideas in the video below.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
Cool Idea.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then 2 years ago
Hopefully, by that time they will be able to mine the building materials in space rather than having to bring it from earth.
Comment icon #3 Posted by fred_mc 2 years ago
It says super-advanced. I'm a bit sceptical to that, in space we need things to be super-reliable, not super-advanced. Super-advanced things break down more easily and that is lethal in space. Also, it says that the gravity on Mars is not enough to keep humans healthy in the long run. How do we know that? There are no long-time experiments with Mars gravity, only with zero gravity.
Comment icon #4 Posted by L.A.T.1961 2 years ago
Cone shape is a good idea, gravity would increase as the cone became wider.  The lakes probably less so as suddenly stopping rotation would cause chaos.   
Comment icon #5 Posted by Orphalesion 2 years ago
Stuff like this would also be the only way to colonize Mars.
Comment icon #6 Posted by quiXilver 2 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 2 years ago
Too many risks. All fantasy. 

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