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SpaceStation EARTH - home base for an interplanetary species?
Also Spake Zarathrustra — Richard Strauss
In 1968 Buckminster Fuller popularized the idea that we were passengers, or rather the (unaware) crew on a marvelous Spaceship called Earth, and observed that we had some level of control of this vehicle, but no operating manual. He published a book establishing basic principals for the occupants.
When the idea of Earth being a Spaceship was defined in 1879, there was no concept of a Space Station. In fact, Earth is more nearly a small, living SpaceStation, in a Heliocentric orbit about our Sun.
(A spaceship has the power to travel, through space, if not time.) Rather than a rigid impervious skin as an exoskeleton, our Living Spacestation uses a mixture of gases to protect Earth and her inhabitants from some solar radiation, and consumes smaller bodies that intrude to disturb her delicately balanced systems.
Influenced by Bucky's pioneering vision, we will work to reflect the latest social and scientific observations to provide an updated guide for successfully managing our complex of systems to restore and maintain a Vehicle — our SPACESTATION EARTH for a
Thriving and Sustainable Human Future.
While Science Fiction stories, films and TV shows include space travel of great distances, it is hard to imagine how the vehicles might sustain human life for any period of time.
Perhaps Wall-E is the closest.
It occurs that if/when we plan to travel, even inhabit other celestial bodies, with any sizable group of brave colonists, it would be wise to consider and proviode all of the life support we take for granted — on the only body we've found in the vast universe that is living, and provides all of the varied resources that make our life possible.
The system that appears to be a possible next step after the Internartional Space Station is a Revolving Toroidal Earth orbiting, solar powered lab. With this, we can determine which of the living Earth's systems are essential for humans, flora and fauna, to discover which sysrtems must be replicated on a giant rock wtth drinkable water and breathable air. And, it would help to have a conveinent sun to provide essential power.
Images referencing1975 NASA/STANFORD
Toroidal Earth Orbiting SpaceStaton Study