WEYLAND MEGACORP ARCHIVES – Gliese 876 c: Chiu Outpost

2017-08-26 (13)
GLIESE 876C: Chiu Outpost

GLIESE 876C: Chiu Outpost [1,2]


RA: 22h 53m 13s Dec: -14° 15′ 13″ Distance from Earth 15.2 Lightyears


Other Designations BD-15°6290, G 156-057, GCTP 5546.00, HIP 113020, IL Aquarii, LHS 530, Ross 780, Vys 337


TERRAFORMED: 2040 – 2048 POPULATION: 14,400,000


ESTABLISHED: 2048* INDUSTRY: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation.   


NOTES: The most temperate planet in the Gliese system, located in the habitable zone. Discovered in 2000. 15.30 lightyears from Earth (4.69 Parsecs) KEY RESOURCES: Uranium[3], Iron[4], Mercury[5].


Gliese 876 is a red dwarf only 15 light years from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. The orbits of the outer three planets are locked in a Laplace reasonance. This resonance is also present in the moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede. This strong dynamical interaction leads to interesting conclusions about the formation history of the system. It is a very strong indication that the planets migrated in the protoplanetary disk to their current position and got locked into mean motion resonances during that process.

Gliese 876 c, Open Exoplanet Catalogue
Artist impression of Gliese 876 c by JohnVanVliet[3]

URANIUM

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[4]

IRON

It is used to manufacture steel and also used in civil engineering like reinforced concrete, girders etc.
Iron is used to make alloy steels like carbon steels with additives such as nickel, chromium, vanadium, tungsten, and manganese.
These are used to make bridges, electricity pylons, bicycle chains, cutting tools and rifle barrels.
Cast iron contains 3–5% carbon. It is used for pipes, valves, and pumps.
Iron catalysts are used in the Haber process for producing ammonia.
Magnets can be made of this metal and its alloys and compounds.

IRON, BYJUS[5]

MERCURY

Due to its high density and compactness, mercury is also used to make thermometers, barometers and other scientific instruments, according to the Jefferson Lab. However, for safety reasons, consumer use of mercury in thermometers has become less common over the years, as digital thermometers have been introduced.

Facts About Mercury (Hg) By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer  [6]

References

  1. Weyland Industries Timeline
  2. Gliese 876 c, Open Exoplanet Catalogue
  3. Artist impression of Gliese 876 c by JohnVanVliet
  4. Uranium, Uranium and Depleted Uranium
  5. Iron, IRON, BYJUS
  6. Mercury, Facts About Mercury (Hg) By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer