01-28-2020, 04:23 AM
yeah earth had an energy crisis, i think it was mentioned in the novelization, or like in the movie, but only a little bit. the company was helping by doing somewith with algae (i forget what) but that was only stopgap.
unobtanium was an incredibly potent energy source
01-28-2020, 06:42 AM
Interesting. I always find it as a bit of a cop-out when science fictions say energy crisis. If they can go to another galaxy then it should be safe to assume they’ve cracked fusion. Which means mining on the moon for Helium3 should be able to provide Earth with at least hundreds of years of clean energy. The asteroid belts should be able to provide everything else for at least a millennia. Even before moving to the asteroid belt there’s Mercury, Venus and Mars. The two former could have solar sails to reduce temperature and capture solar energy to make an outpost and mining operation possible. This is even possible with our current technology.
Originally Posted by Cfavano
Mars is even easier. They could use solar sails again, or introduce carbon into the air to promote a greenhouse effect to create an atmosphere. Which is ironic because a vessel could bring coal, oil, etc and bleach as much carbon into the atmosphere as possible. Then the returning vessel would bring back valuable materials. Other silly ways to give Mars an atmosphere is to nuke it (and you’ll need a lot of them), intentional asteroid bombardments, plus many more.
I might look up a summary of the novelisation and see if there was some any other factors. Such as rampant global warming, nuclear war, etc.
01-28-2020, 07:13 PM
i think space and food also was a factor
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and the initial jump to pandor was 'last shot' thing as in, if it failed, that was it. but luckily, it didn't
01-29-2020, 09:46 PM