Japanese researchers are planning to build Earth’s gravity on the Moon’s surface to make human survival easier there.
Japanese researchers are planning to recreate Earth’s gravity on the moon in order to support the United States and other nations in establishing long-term bases for humans there. We all know that the Moon has one-sixth the gravity of Earth that affects human mobility and can even impact survival. The Moon is less than a third of the width of Earth. It has a radius of about 1,080 miles (1,740 kilometers). According to Nasa, the Moon originated after a Mars-sized body collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago. The debris from both accumulated to form our natural satellite 239,000 miles (384,000 kilometers) away. Here’s all you need to know about it.
How can gravity be generated?
Researchers are working to recreate Earth’s level of gravity, known as “1 g,” on the moon by using a centrifugal system. Centrifugal force is created by circular motion. This would create artificial gravity within an enclosed space on the moon’s surface. “A centrifuge is a machine that uses force to move its contents away from a center or axis. It is typically used for separating substances of different densities,” says Nasa.
Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University and engineers at Japanese building company Kajima are working on this project named Lunar Glass. They recently announced about launching a joint study on developing the living environments.
“Humanity is now moving from the era of ‘staying’ in space to the era of ‘living’ on the Moon and Mars,” reads a statement issued by Kyoto University’s SIC Human Spaceology Center. Researchers are hoping to build a simplified version of the structure on the moon by 2050.
Yosuke Yamashiki, the director of the SIC Human Spaceology Center told Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, “There is no plan like this in other countries’ space development plans.” He added that the plan “represents important technologies” that will permit humans to move to space for long periods.