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Terraforming the Cosmos

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Terraforming the Cosmos
Cosmos is ours
Playing colonization
Ethics of terraforming
Trying to change whole planets to suit our ends is arrogant vandalism.
Earth
Harmonious Intergalactic Federations
Mars
HUBRIS!
SFM Week 3
2012
to alter the environment of (a celestial body) in order to make capable of supporting terrestrial life forms.
Terraforming
2009
1997
The Mars Trilogy
Red Planet
The Martian Chronicles
1950
1992-1993-1996
2000
2015
SimEarth: The Living Planet
1990
Apple Macintosh, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC, SNES, Sega Mega-CD and TurboGrafx-16
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
1999
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux
So, is it doable?
The Copernican Revolution
The Ptolemaic Model
1543
People gave ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon ... This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us [Joshua 10:13] that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth
Martin Luther, 1539
This Holy Congregation has also learned about the spreading and acceptance by many of the false Pythagorean doctrine, altogether contrary to the Holy Scripture, that the earth moves and the sun is motionless, which is also taught by Nicholaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and by Diego de Zúñiga's In Job ... Therefore, in order that this opinion may not creep any further to the prejudice of Catholic truth, the Congregation has decided that the books by Nicolaus Copernicus [De revolutionibus] and Diego de Zúñiga [In Job] be suspended until corrected.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March 5, 1616
exaggerated pride or self-confidence
(Geocentric Model)
1959
Trailer
Aelita
1924
2013
Turning Earth into Krypton
Sparrow (1999)
When we contemplate leveling mountains, reclaiming deserts, damming rivers, or deliberately changing the climate, we should pause to reflect on whether we reveal ourselves to be blind to their beauty in doing so or to be suffering from hubris.
The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
1992
http://tmp2.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Constitute an organization convened to realize these destinies
Foundation
Aquarius
Bifrost
Asgard
Avalon
Elysium
Solaria
Galactica
Arcologies built in the tropical oceans as a first step to learning how to build colonies in space
First step in actually getting off the Earth using ground based free-electron-laser-powered laser-propelled Waverider (hypersonic aircraft)
Build a space station in geosynchronous orbit
Build colonies on the Moon by doming over the craters and creating miniature ecologies
Start terraforming Mars to "create a living planet to sustain us" connected with Earth through Buzz Aldrin's proposed Mars Transit System (1990)
Mine asteroids to create asteroid colonies and Asgard-like stations throughout the Solar System to create a Dyson sphere (megastructure that completely encompasses a star and captures most or all of its power output)
And then, humanity is ready to spread the concept to the stars...
2013
Spore
2008
Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone
Star Trek
Star Wars
Galactic Empire
Foundation
Isaac Asimov
1942-1993
destruction of earth
1979-2009
2005
Who's ready?
More Avatars!!
1966
1977
2013
The Moon
July 20, 1969
earth's natural satellite, orbiting the earth at a mean distance of 238,857 miles (384,393 km) and having a diameter of 2160 miles (3476 km).
2009
2012
the planet fourth in order from the sun, having a diameter of 4222 miles (6794 km), a mean distance from the sun of 141.6 million miles (227.9 million km), a period of revolution of 686.95 days, and two moons.
New Earth?
Keplers
Would you like to know more?
1968
Kepler-452b
2008
the planet third in order from the sun, having an equatorial diameter of 7926 miles (12,755 km) and a polar diameter of 7900 miles (12,714 km), a mean distance from the sun of 92.9 million miles (149.6 million km), and a period of revolution of 365.26 days, and having one satellite.
1980 - TV mini series
Part 2: the Settlers
Space colonization
permanent human habitation off the planet Earth.
Who writes the future?
Same as who writes the past...
See you next week!
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