While NASA warns of five other space rocks heading towards Earth, a Finnish astrophysicist is proposing a human colonization of the asteroid belt itself over the next fifteen years.
As the Earth is wobbly from the first month of 2021, NASA released a summary, advising that five more asteroids likely 25 to 100 meters (82 and 98 feet) in diameter are due to fly soon before the month ends.
On Tuesday, the 25-meter-long asteroid 2021 Bahraini dinars, half the height of the Arc de Triomphe, will pass the planet at a safe distance of 3.9 million kilometers (3.9 million miles). In a short time, an object called 2021 AL, with a diameter of 40 meters, will overtake or nearly five London buses end-to-end, at a distance of 4.1 million kilometers.
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Next, on Thursday January 28, the 2021 BZ space rock will be 40 meters high, which will travel 2.1 million kilometers.
To round off a rocky start for this year, on January 29, 2021 AG7 asteroids, which can reach 100 meters in diameter or the same size as Big Ben in London, will pass the 30-meter-long asteroids 2021 AF7 past Earth at 4.2 million kilometers. And 6.8 million km, respectively.
Meanwhile, a forward-thinking astrophysicist Suggest Instead of asteroids reaching us, humans should instead colonize the asteroid belt, in less than 15 years.
Dr. Pekka Janhonen, an astrophysicist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, has proposed building habitable «massive floating satellites» that orbit the dwarf planet Ceres, 523 million kilometers from Earth, between the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Like something picked straight from the recent science fiction series, these disc-shaped settlements, linked with powerful magnets, will boast thousands of cylindrical structures that can hold a total of 50,000 people who will all benefit from the artificial gravity generated by the slow rotation of floating cities.
Janhunen also proposes space mining from Ceres as a way to create an economy and make colonialism profitable and sustainable, using space elevators to transport resources back in the centuries and possibly return to Earth for processing.
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