GLIESE 667 CC: Morrison Outpost


GLIESE 667 CC: Morrison Outpost[1]

TERRAFORMED: 2033 – 2042

POPULATION: 2,300,000


INDUSTRY: Mining, Refining.   

NOTES: The colony was named after Captain Susan Morrison, whos deep space exploration vessel was lost in the Gliese system.

KEY RESOURCES: Uranium[2], Zinc[3], Nickel[4].    

On 19 October 2009, the team who built the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, better known as HARPS, the spectrograph for ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope, reported on the incredible discovery of some 32 new exoplanets, cementing HARPS’s position as the world’s foremost exoplanet hunter. One of these is surrounding the star Gliese 667 C, which belongs to a triple system. The 6 Earth-mass exoplanet circulates around its low-mass host star at a distance equal to only 1/20th of the Earth-Sun distance. The host star is a companion to two other low-mass stars, which are seen here in the distance.

The extra-solar planet GJ667Cc (or Gliese 667Cc) has been declared the most Earth-like object known outside of our solar system.
Comparison of the planets that are currently the promising candidates for potentially habitable worlds.  The Earth Similarity Index (ESI) describes how similar an object is to Earth and ranges from zero (no similarity) to one (identical to Earth). The surface temperature, which is the most important factor in the ESI, depends much on the distance to the host star. The zone around a star, where the surface temperature allows for the existence of liquid water on the planetary surface, is called habitable zone.  Gliese 667Cc is located in the habitable zone of its host star and is currently the most Earth-like planet known (ESI=0.82). Credit: Planetary Habitability Laboratory @UPR Arecibo.

Close to the star

Due to the short distance to its central star, GJ667Cc orbits this star in only 28 days. One year on this planet is thus only 28 Earth days long. This would make it possible to celebrate your 1000th birthday (which is just 77 years on Earth). The days, however, could be very long. As the planet is so close to its central star, it is very likely that the planet is tidally locked. It would rotate synchronously and show always the same side towards the star – an effect that we know from our Moon. Consequently, there could be eternal day on the hemisphere towards the close-by star and eternal night on the other side, which is facing outer space. The temperature differences between both sides could be large and could affect the global climate. [1]

Read more on the speculation on life on GJ667Cc here.


There is a controversial theory that planet cores would contain a high amount of Uranium. Current instruments are able to detect Uranium on the Moon. But have proven not to be at the same commercial levels as once thought.[2] There is the possibility that the Green Stone seen in the Engineer Temple could be a large chunk of Uranium, which could possibly be a power source used by the Engineers.

Uranium-235 is the only naturally-occurring material which can sustain a fission chain reaction, releasing large amounts of energy. While nuclear power is the predominant use of uranium, heat from nuclear fission can be used for industrial processes. It is also used for marine propulsion (mostly naval).

Uranium and Depleted Uranium


Base metals
Metals such as iron and zinc coming from asteroids can be used in the construction of spacecraft and space stations. When the recoverable stock of these metals on Earth is depleted – zinc reserves could be exhausted by 2100 –  it may be profitable to transport them to Earth. [3]



But what about minerals that will be needed to fuel manufacturing efforts and build adequate subterranean habitations? The relative scarcity of data on Martian geology means there is less confidence of mineral deposits than in even the riskiest inferred mineral resources on Earth. However, there is enough information to make some likely estimations.

A 2009 research paper written by Michael D. West of the Mars Institute and Jonathan D.A. Clarke of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology contended that although the differences between the atmosphere and crusts of the Earth and Mars make mineral exploration less predictable, there are areas, especially large igneous provinces, volcanoes and impact craters that hold significant potential for nickel, copper, iron, titanium, platinum group elements and more. [4]


  1. Gliese 667Cc,
  2. Uranium mining,
  3. Zinc in space,
    COSMIC BONANZA – MINING IN OUTER SPACE Original Article in Dutch published October 26, 2016, Space mining: raw material for conflict by Richard Wouters and Liesbeth Beneder
  4. Nickel on Mars, 13 FEBRUARY 2017 ANALYSIS
    Sands of Mars: digging up the red planet
    By Chris Lo


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