Re: alternative to terraforming

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 12:40:06 MDT

Amara Graps <> writes:

> From: Anders Sandberg <>, Date: 03 Jun 2000
> >One problem is that asteroids seem to be more like piles of rubble
> >than solid blocks, they might not survive being spun up. One
> >possibility is to cover them with a mesh to keep everything in place
> >and excavate anyway, or adapt to life in microgravity.
> No, this is too sweeping of a statement. *Some* asteroids are like
> rubble piles, but no one knows the percentage of asteroids that are
> like that.

I stand corrected.

Still, I think the hollowed out asteroid idea might be tricky to
implement due to the unknown quality of the rock. After all, most
asteroids have been subjected to meteoride bombardment, which suggests
that there may be cracks - definitely not something you want in your
walls in space.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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