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A space habitat is a type of space station, intended as a permanent settlement rather than as a simple way-station or other specialized facility. No Earthlings have constructed space habitats as yet, but many design proposals, with varying degrees of realism, have come both from engineers and from science-fiction authors.


Space colonization is permanent human habitation off the planet Earth. Many arguments have been made for and against space colonization. The two most common in favor of colonization are survival of human civilization and the biosphere in the event of a ...


Oct 1, 2014 ... In our cosmic megastructures series, Popular Mechanics explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Today, three classic space-colony concepts.


Aug 5, 2013 ... The science of building a space station in complicated, but what are the hardest technological issues scientists have to overcome? Find out here.


Sep 8, 2014 ... Before humans start living in space on a regular basis, there's a lot of basic science and political agendas that need to advance. We talked to scientists and experts about the fundamental things they think we should do right now, if we want to have a space colony in the next 100 years.


Apr 25, 2016 ... Saving humanity may eventually mean leaving Earth, and NASA's developing space colonization program may be that lifeline, Pacific Standard reports. The Kalpana One program would send a module into orbit about 480 kilometers from Earth, but unlike the International Space Station, this would house at ...


Some special groups might find space settlement particularly attractive: The handicapped could keep a settlement at zero-g to make wheelchairs and walkers unnecessary. Penal colonies might be created in orbit as they should be fairly escape proof. People who wish to experiment with very different social and political ...


Build a Colony. Overview. Children ages 8 to 13 consider the requirements for human life beyond Earth's protection and work in teams to design and construct a model of a space colony out of craft materials.


May 15, 2013 ... “Mars can't just be a one-shot mission,” says Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon. He's part of a group who met last week in Washington DC for the first Human to Mars Summit, or H2M. The astronauts, researchers and space flight firms aim to chart a path to the ...