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How to Disassemble a Planet

In 1960 Freeman Dyson proposed that a sufficiently-motivated civilization might build an ‘artificial biosphere’ around a star in order to fully exploit its radiated energy. This concept has become known as a Dyson sphere. The idea of enclosing a star seems incredible, but as Dyson later wrote: ‘there is nothing so big nor so crazy that one out of a million technological societies may not feel itself driven to do.’ … Read entire article »

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Space Archaeology: Definitions

I’m beginning the wonderful Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage and thinking about the definition of space archaeology. In the introduction to the book, Ann Darrin and Beth O’Leary define it as: …the archaeological study of material culture relevant to space exploration that is found on earth and in outer space (i.e., exoatmospheric material) and that is clearly the result of human behavior. This is problematic in the use of the term ‘exoatmospheric’ to encompass the entirety of human material culture off-planet (I would have used extraterrestrial, or extra-terrestrial). The second concern is that it limits the purview of the field to human behaviours when in fact the book itself contains articles dedicated to nonhuman archaeology. … Read entire article »

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