2015: Many scientists across the world declare a point of the no return on Climate Change…
It is middle of 21st Century and the rising sea levels cause complex, cascading environmental disasters across the world, taking over much of the coasts, swallowing entire metropolises, pushing the social, political, and environmental instability. The writing is on the wall, expediency dictates a drastic solution, Project ‘Route 7’ is formed.
Named as a successor to six previous successful moon landings, Route 7 aims to be a colony that is also the first stop on the Route to human colonization of interstellar space. The approach is quite different from the conventional idea of space colonization – man forcing the environment around him to his comfort. Route 7 is the first of its kind to approach the subject of colonization in terms of human adaptation on the alien environments.
The reason why the Moon was chosen as a site for project ‘Route 7’ is due to the simple fact that you can easily compensate for more gravity due to acceleration, but it becomes a very complicated and improbable endeavor to take away from the existing gravitational forces. As such, the Moon offers a fairly low baseline gravity to build off of, ideal site for the project. On the surface of the moon, there are deep chasms, dubbed ‘rift valleys’, which expel heat and various gases useful in atmospheric propagation, quite useful for a leg up in setting up the colony.
Particularly, the project imposes artificial gravity upon its residents via the use of Centrifugal force created by the rotational movement of the its main ring. In order for long-term human adaptation to different gravity conditions that they may be subject to in the future, the ring is equipped to handle human habitation for majority of the time. In essence, the ring spins at different rotational speeds relative to the gravitational pull desired – the more forces acting on it, the faster it would spin, and vice versa. The floorplates within the ring are sloped inwards to counteract the Coriolis effect on human body; to an inside observer the ring would not seem to be moving at all.
The base is carved out to make room for farming and other ecosystems needed for human survival. In that vein, the typology of servant-served spaces manifests itself within the project as the artificial gravity ring for human habitation and the servant space of the implanted ecology below.
However, the ‘Route 7’ project was designed with a diverse program activation in mind. The ring could be used for recreation, tourism, research, and of course housing; essentially serving as a neutral platform that could adapt to the changing requirements of the colony as a whole. Yet, the eventual conclusion would lead to a human civilization capable adapting interstellar travel.