How many people could be housed if we demolished the asteroid Ceres and turned it into [space] colony materials?
In my entry for Space Settlements: spreading life throughout the solar system I claim that you can answer the question “How many people could be housed if we demolished the asteroid Ceres and turned it into [space] colony materials?” with this resource. Here’s how:
- Visit the site, then click on “Where?”
- Type “control-f”, then “Ceres”. This will give you the following paragraph:
Much greater growth potential. The Moon and Mars together have a surface area roughly the size of Earth. But if the single largest asteroid (Ceres) were to be used to build orbital space colonies, the total living area created would be approximately 150 times the surface area of the Earth. Since much of the Earth is ocean or sparsely inhabited, settlements built from Ceres alone could provide uncrowded homes for more than a trillion people.
There’s a lot to dig into on this site. If your story is set in the medium term future with large habits, spending some serious time here would really benefit your story.