GLIESE 667CB: LEVON COLONY [1,2]
RA: 17h 18m 57s Dec: −34° 59′ 23″ Distance from Earth 23.7 Light years
Other Designations GJ 667 C b, HR 6426C b
TERRAFORMED: 2040 – 2048 POPULATION: 14,400,000
ESTABLISHED: 2048* INDUSTRY: Energy, Manufacturing, Transportation.
NOTES: Currently developing next generation of FTL (Faster-than-light) space craft. Not located in the habitable zone. Discovered in 2009. 23.6 light years from Earth (6.97 Parsecs) KEY RESOURCES: Titanium, Holmium, Helium-3, Niobium.
Gliese 667 is a nearby triple star system in the constellation Scorpius, about 22 light years away. The star Gliese 667 C hosts at least six planets. Three of them, all Super-Earths, are located in the habitable zone. The habitable zone is so densely packed that any additional planet is likely to de-stabilise the system. This planet, Gliese 667 C b, is located too close to the star and not in the habitable zone.Exoplanet Catalogue
Titanium metal is used for alloys with with aluminium, molybdenum, manganese, iron, and other metals. These alloys of titanium are used principally in the aerospace industry, for both airframes and engines, where lightweight strength and ability to withstand extremes of temperature are important.Webelements
As a result of its special magnetic properties, holmium is used in alloys for the production of magnets and as a flux concentrator for high magnetic fields. Holmia (holmiumoxide) is used as a yellow or red coloring for glass and cubic zirconia.Chemicool
HELIUM – 3
The Apollo programme’s own geologist, Harrison Schmidt, has repeatedly made the argument for Helium-3 mining, whilst Gerald Kulcinski at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is another leading proponent. He has created a small reactor at the Fusion Technology Institute, but so far it has not been possible to create the helium fusion reaction with a net power output.
This has not stopped the search for Helium-3 from being a motivating factor in space exploration, however. Apart from the traditional space-faring nations, India has previously indicated its interest in mining the lunar surface. The use of Moon resources was also part of Newt Gingrich’s unsuccessful candidacy for the Republican party’s nomination for the US presidency in 2012.
Private enterprise is also interested in using fuel from the Moon – although possibly by extracting water rather than Helium-3. The Shackleton Energy company envisages providing propellant for missions throughout the Solar System using lunar water. The Moon could be used as a base for further exploration
Some teams vying for the Google Lunar X-Prize also see mining as an ultimate goal of their landers. ESA has also considered using the Moon to help missions farther into the Solar System.
Niobium is a shiny, white metal that typically forms a film on its surface when exposed to air, turning shades of blue, green, or yellow, according to Chemicool. It has a wide range of uses from use in hypoallergenic jewellery to jet engines to superconducting magnets.
- Weyland Century, https://alientimeline.wordpress.com/the-weyland-century/
- Gliese 667, http://www.openexoplanetcatalogue.com/planet/Gliese%20667%20C%20b/
- Titanium, https://www.webelements.com/titanium/uses.html
- Holmium, https://www.chemicool.com/elements/holmium.html
- Helium-3, https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Preparing_for_the_Future/Space_for_Earth/Energy/Helium-3_mining_on_the_lunar_surface
- Niobium, https://www.chemicool.com/elements/niobium.html