What Your Home Would Look Like on 8 Different Planets
As we all know, living basically anywhere besides Earth in our solar system would be near-impossible. However, that doesn’t stop some researchers from imagining what life on other planets would be like if and when we colonize space. So, let’s forget about that for a moment and assume that we have the capabilities to do so and that no danger is real for us.
We at Bright Side assumed all necessary technology is in place to achieve our wildest fantasies and imagined what our homes on other planets would look like.
With its extreme temperature swings, meteor rains, earthquakes, and sunlight 7 times more intense than Earth’s, Mercury is not a planet you would ever want to build a cottage on. To fight against it, you’d opt for an underground bunker. It’d also be a good idea to settle near the ice cap to access water. And don’t forget solar panels. A lot.
On the bright side, you will receive a great connection to call home from time to time: it takes about 5 minutes for signals from Mercury to reach Earth, and vice versa.
The surface of the second closest planet to the sun is scorching hot, making it one of the solar system’s most inhospitable places. At a distance of 50 km (30 miles) above the surface of Venus, the conditions are actually pretty similar to Earth’s: the gravity and atmospheric pressure are almost the same.
So, to avoid touching that surface, you’ll probably have to live in a lighter-than-air airship suspended above the planet. Its exterior would be protected with solar panels, doubling as an energy source. And if you happen to have neighbors, your airships should be connected by hanging gondolas so you can visit each other without dealing with zero gravity!
Despite Pluto being excluded from the planet clique, we’re not going to forget it here. Pluto is freezingly cold and covered with ice, so it’s worth drawing inspiration from buildings in similar conditions on Earth, namely, an Inuit igloo. Homes made from vertical ice can protect the interior and their residents from radiation.
Inside (and in your backyard), you’d need a lot of powerful light sources since the sun on Pluto looks the same as the Moon on Earth in the best-case scenario. Fluorescent lamps with mercury, like in your average office, are your best bet. And you’d need a smart heating system that won’t melt the ice.
Jupiter is a gas giant, so living on it would be difficult, but perhaps, possible. Your house would need both a special coaster that would keep it afloat on Jupiter’s dense clouds and a strong protective dome. The bubble will also keep the necessary oxygen inside. The building itself should stick to one floor since you’d be slower and heavier due to gravity and pressure. No such luxury as stairs.
On the flip side, Jupiter has dozens of moons and a good view of auroras up in the north, so at least you’d have a pleasant sight from your window.
Same as the other gaseous big-boy planets, you technically could not live on Saturn simply because it has no solid surfaces. So your home would be a bubble-like structure that can float in Saturn’s atmosphere. And also, you would certainly need a protective tent on the upper part, since the weather forecast promises a 50% chance of diamond rain.
Don’t forget to ditch the bed for hermetic pods.
6. Uranus and Neptune
Those 2 are watery planets, made mostly of liquids with no solid surfaces. Well, you’ll need a vessel to live here for sure — something akin to a submarine. Gravity on these planets is stronger than on Earth and the pressure is higher, but, hey, the same goes for the ocean.
The walls should be insulated with Aerogel for warmth, and every room provided with rich lighting and heat, with LEDs imitating natural light and images in the windows.
In the case of the Red Planet, we don’t have to imagine much: architectural specialists have already drawn the prototypes for possible Martian homes. One of the most impressive is a shell-like house, designed specifically to withstand Mars’ dust storms and sustain daylight. It also has an inner garden, which would allow you to grow plants and food.
If you were offered a chance to live on another planet, would you give it a try? Which home do you find the most viable?