Thursday, January 09, 2020

"The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space" (1976) and "An Easier Way" (2018)

Partly for background material for my “Epiphany” screenplay, I purchased from Amazon both Gerald K. O’Neill’s “The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space” (1976, reprinted by Space Studies Institutes Press from Northwood, CA, illustrations (BW) by Donald Davis. There are new prefaces from 1988 by the author and by astronaut Kathy Sullivan.  There are 326 pages, and 12 chapters plus appendices.

Then there is an update by Tom Marotta and Al Globus, “The High Frontier: An Easier Way”, published by the authors, 167 pages.

The authors of the newer book characterize living in space in manmade structures at lagrange points nearer Earth as much more practical than living on planets or moons, because artificial gravity can be stronger than natural gravity on the other practical bodies (Mars;  you could live in the atmosphere 30 miles above Venus in a floating space station).

The O’Neill cylinder would be about 20 miles long and a mile or so in diameter and rotate around a cylindrical axis for artificial gravity and house over a million people, who would have to be disciplined.
But the Kalpana settlement would be only about the length of a baseball field in width and length.
I will review these on Wordpress later after reading.

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