Buildings with artificial gravity for the moon and Mars unveiled by Japanese scientists

Over the years, plans for habitable habitats on the moon and Mars have come and gone. And while all of these potential plans may be decades away, Japan has possibly given us the best proposal of them all.

This massive 1,300-foot-tall rotating structure is called “The Glass.” The rendering seen above was presented at a July 5 press conference held by Kyoto University researchers and Kajima Corporation, a Tokyo-based construction company. Designed to rotate every 20 seconds using centrifugal force to achieve “normal gravity”, the plan is to create “artificial gravitational life facilities” that basically recreate the Earth’s living conditions.

Yosuke Yamashiki, director of Kyoto University’s SIC Human Spaceology Center, told the press on July 15: “There is no plan like this in other countries’ space development plans,” according to Asahi Shimbun.

Do not give up hope of seeing the project fully realized in the course of your life. Asahi Shimbun reports that plans to build the massive structure will take close to 100 years, although a simplified version of “The Glass” may be on the moon by 2050.

The team aims to build two separate facilities called “Lunar Glass” for the moon and “Mars Glass” for Mars. The idea, according to the researchers, is that as space tourism begins to become more common, there must be ways to “reduce the impact on the health of people living on the moon or Mars that may be caused by low gravity.” Asahi Shimbun reports.

Studies by NASA and other scientists have found that a constant state of weightlessness and crossing over different gravitational fields can cause bone loss, back pain and kidney stones. However, the joint Kyoto-Kajima team pointed out in its press release that “research on low gravity is limited to the maintenance of the adult body and its impact on the birth and growth of children.”

Additional plans for “The Glass” facilities include forests and waterways to mimic the biodiversity of the Earth along with a transportation system called the “Hexagon Space Track System,” Asahi Shimbun reports. According to scientists, this interplanetary spacecraft will generate its own gravity as it travels between Earth, the moon and Mars.

“Developing an artificial gravity housing facility with Kyoto University will be a watershed for space exploration,” said Takuya Ohno, an architect and researcher at Kajima, in the press release. “We will work to make this joint research meaningful to humanity.”

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