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Old June 10th, 2019 #1
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And what materials would they use to make their giant "glass" rotating cylinder? Something sturdy enough to easily deflect space debris and small meteorites traveling up to 40,000 mph? No such materials currently exist.

Why not just hollow out an asteroid? The exterior would provide natural defenses against random small space debris, and small meteorites. You could put thrusters on it to spin it for centrifugal force, as well as mine and build in the same general location. It might even have water ice, and other elements that could be used to generate energy. A very thick layer of ice + rock would provide enough resistance to impact from smaller objects, while also absorbing the impact. With no maintenance required.
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And what materials would they use to make their giant "glass" rotating cylinder? Something sturdy enough to easily deflect space debris and small meteorites traveling up to 40,000 mph? No such materials currently exist.

Why not just hollow out an asteroid? The exterior would provide natural defenses against random small space debris, and small meteorites. You could put thrusters on it to spin it for centrifugal force, as well as mine and build in the same general location. It might even have water ice, and other elements that could be used to generate energy. A very thick layer of ice + rock would provide enough resistance to impact from smaller objects, while also absorbing the impact. With no maintenance required.


The most well-known fictional example of this is the asteroid ship Yonada from the Star Trek episode 'For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky.' It probably would be more practical to do this at first than constructing a huge space colony from scratch. Some proposals on the table for early bases and colonies on the Moon include building them underground or inside lunar lava tubes and caves for the same reason: cheap protection from meteoroid impacts and dangerous space and solar radiation.
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The most well-known fictional example of this is the asteroid ship Yonada from the Star Trek episode 'For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky.'

And here's the real Yonada, baby.


 
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And here's the real Yonada, baby.


They landed on Earth in southern California in the early 21st century (going by the car license plate, 310 area code and palm tree) and disguised themselves as some hipster store/restaurant. Capt. Kirk must have told them about the Prime Directive of non-interference in primitive societies like ours.
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