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Make Your Own Planet

This could be really useful for SF writers.

Extreme Planet Makeover

The new "Extreme Planet Makeover" on the NASA/JPL PlanetQuest site lets you roll up your sleeves and create your very own planet.

Balance five factors to create an Earth-like habitable world, or get wild and make your own extreme exoplanet. Use the Image Gallery feature to compare your creation with those of other Earthlings. Once you've finished creating the exoplanet of your dreams, download a picture of your custom world for posterity.

More information
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/planetMakeover/planetMakeover.html .

Whitney Clavin 818-354-4673
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Whitney.clavin@jpl.nasa.gov


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fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 6th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is an exciting time to live in, all these exoplanets being found by the telescopes. This is just like the very beginning of my Mindeodean universe. Except they had probes carrying telescopes going out for closer looks at things, and were making a list of Earth-like worlds before they sent out so much as one colony ship.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

In my main SF setting, the earliest colony ships were sent out to areas that had promising batches of stars. Later on, technology improved enough to pin down earthlike planets, and people would bid on them. *chuckle* The Freedom System actually has two habitable planets, and could never have afforded that if they'd had to bid. But they just got lucky.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 7th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

The Mindeodean universe had a similar bidding system. But sometimes it didn't work out right. In one instance, two different colonies ended up fighting over the same planet because a nearby planet had died. And New California is an interesting colony. They overshot the system they were aiming at and ended up in a system where the only remotely habitable planet required them to dig underground. The surface of New California makes the name ironic: the best weather that planet gets is methane snow. They were out of fuel when they found it, so they made the best of it.

Then the Joquari came about because the corrupt Earth government eventually ran out of planets to send people to, and needed a way to siphon off more people to deal with overpopulation, so started sending huge groups of poor people to systems with no planets at all. The Joquari had worse luck than ending up lost; the spinners faking gravity for them broke, no one knew how to fix them, and so they eventually adapted to space and became wanderers (space gypsies, of a sort).
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