【亚马逊CEO提出未来太空殖民地的愿景,可容纳十万人】

【亚马逊CEO提出未来太空殖民地的愿景,可容纳十万人】上周,亚马逊CEP杰夫·贝佐斯揭开了他的航空公司多年来秘密发展的月球着陆器的面纱,并计划让人类重返月球。在此过程中,他概述了一个自我维持太空殖民地的想法。这个概念最早是20世纪70年代由物理学家奥尼尔教授——也是贝佐斯在普林斯顿的老师——提出,其可以容纳整个城市,农业区,和甚至是太空国家公园。他说,这还有很长的路要走,但有一天可能会让数万亿人生活在近地空间。

Revealed: Jeff Bezos' futuristic vision of self-sustaining habitats that could house a TRILLION people in space

  • Jeff Bezos outlined his vision of self-sustaining space colonies during secretive event in Washington DC 
  • He says this is still a long ways off, but could allow trillions of people to one day live in near-Earth space
  • The concept was first posited in the 1970s by Bezos’ former professor O’Neill, a Princeton physicist 

Last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos finally lifted the veil on the lunar lander his aerospace company has been developing in secret for years, along with a plan to put humans back on the moon to stay.

And in the process, he also revealed an ambitious vision for space colonization.

Building off of a concept introduced decades ago by physicist Gerard O'Neill – who Bezos himself studied under during his time at Princeton, according to Fast Company – the Blue Origin founder outlined self-sustaining habitats that could hold entire cities, agricultural areas, and even national parks in space.

While such a future may still be a ways off, Bezos says it will be an ‘easy choice’ when faced with dwindling resources on Earth.

The habitats, reminiscent of the film Interstellar, could be built close enough to Earth to allow people to travel back and forth, and house ‘a million people or more each.’ And, according to Bezos, they’d have the ‘ideal climate’ at all times, ‘like Maui on its best day, all year long.’

‘These are beautiful, people are going to want to live here,’ Bezos said. ‘And they can be close to Earth so that you can return. Which is important, because people are going to want to return to Earth. They’re not going to want to leave Earth forever. They’re also going to be able to go between’

‘These are beautiful, people are going to want to live here,’ Bezos said. ‘And they can be close to Earth so that you can return. Which is important, because people are going to want to return to Earth. They’re not going to want to leave Earth forever. They’re also going to be able to go between’

‘We get to choose, do we want stasis and rationing, or do we want dynamism and growth?’ Bezos asked during the invite-only event in Washington DC on May 9th.

‘This is an easy choice. We know what, we want we just have to get busy.

‘If we’re out in the solar system, we can have a trillion humans in the solar system – which means we’d have a thousand Mozarts and a thousand Einsteins. This would be an incredible civilization.’

The concept was first posited in the 1970s by Bezos’ former professor O’Neill, whose proposed habitats would rotate in space to create artificial gravity based on centrifugal force.

‘These are very large structures, miles on end, and they hold a million people or more each,’ Bezos said.

The habitats, reminiscent of the film Interstellar, could be built close enough to Earth to allow people to travel back and forth, and house ‘a million people or more each.’ And, according to Bezos, they’d have the ‘ideal climate’ at all times, ‘like Maui on its best day, all year long’


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