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Orbital Habitats

by Dennis M. Myers, 08/3/2019

When I started putting together the worlds that humans inhabit in the Corporate Federation, I found that Luna might be an exception. What I mean is, we might start colonizing it before we get really good at using resources mined in space to construct orbital habitats. Thing is, once we start building those, we won't ever stop. They will give us a variety of gravitational levels, even within the same habitat, they'll have plenty of light anywhere in the habitable zone of the solar system, and with their enclosed spaces, they will be much easier to keep habitable than a toxic chemical trap like Mars. (Not to mention the dust!)

Luna may well get the full colonization treatment, simply because once we start, we won't stop. Once habitats are built, we'll populate them, then push them out to wherever we want to go.