[extropy-chat] SPACE: new planet?
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Fri Feb 20 23:20:49 UTC 2004
Robert J. Bradbury wrote,
> Harvey offered some comments on my comments about Kuiper Belt
> objects, from which I will extract:
> > These are older worlds that formed before our planets.
> That really isn't clear.
All of the references I read on Kuiper Belt objects state that they are
primitive left-overs from the early solar system formation, before the
planetesimals in the inner solar system formed or combined into planets. I
don't know of any theories that form planets first and Kuiper Belt objects
> > About 10% of them have spawned moonlets which cause tidal
> > forces that very well may heat up their cores to form a
> > liquid internal ocean.
> While I will grant that this is possible I haven't seen any
> papers suggesting that tidal forces between planets and moons
> will provide sufficient heat.
There is some evidence that Pluto itself may have a liquid core due to its
See <http://www.planetary.org/html/UPDATES/Pluto/plutoeuropa.html>. It
states that these objects are the oldest in the solar system. It also
describes hints that Pluto might have an internal liquid ocean like Europa.
> Of course Harvey and I may differ on whether we will
> "colonize" these planetoids or dismantle them but that is a
> minor difference of opinion in the grand scheme of things.
> The primary thing to note is *where* the carbon on the solar
> system is likely to be and the value of that carbon (from an
> economic or developmental standpoint).
I doubt that all KBOs will be disassembled before one is colonized, or that
all will be colonized before one is disassembled. Therefore, it seems
obvious that both options will occur.
Harvey Newstrom, CISSP, CISA, CISM, IAM, IBMCP, GSEC
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