Originally posted by Donoso
Does that really look like a space station to you? What kind of engineering is that?
Yes in fact it does look remarkably like a space station to me.
It's called planetary engineering, a.k.a. 'terraforming', it's not a new concept. In addition to reforming the surface of other planets, NASA has
also suggested building directly into the material available in space (asteroids, moons, and planets), in various proposals througout the years.
Also, you should research the Subterrenne (sp?), a tunneling device used for underground bases (some claim) and digging tunnels through mountains for
roadways. There is purportedly a version of this machine that injects liquid lithium at the drill bit tip, effectively melting through solid rock. I
haven't researched any of this in years, so pardon the lack of sourcing. A google search will give you the relevant data.
Also, to further demonstrate the 'oldness' of the idea, Richard Hoagland (think of him what you will) also has a theory about Saturn's moon Iepatus
being artificial. Here is a comparison image he made:
The first part of the (7parts I think to date) paper is here:
I'm not saying I believe it straight away without doing the investigation myself (which I haven't done and don't have time for, other projects have
my attention), but I'm not willing to deny the possibility either, especially when both Phobos and Iepatus show such strange characteristics when
compared with every other satellite body in our solar system.
Also, when I thought of this on my own, years ago, I was such a dork that I went Asteroid Home Hunting online, and if it were possible, I would build
my home in 106 Dione (not to be confused with the moon of Saturn):
LOL at past personal fantasy, but with NASA'a financial resources speculation at least is prudent, and with say the resources of a theoretical type 3
civilization, it could certainly be done. Heck, if folks like Freemon Dyson are proposing the possibility of Dyson Spheres, an artificial moon or
satellite would pale in comparison to such a project. But many physicists think it's possible...