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Since the dawn of humankind we have looked up at the stars and gazed in wonder. What are the limits of human existence and how might we go beyond our boundaries? Yet how can we even begin to answer such a question with any conviction when there are so many unknowns? In times gone by we have painted our futures, and our past amongst the sky as constellations. In times to come we imagine great machines and artificial worlds to carry us there. But is it possible to make the transition from mere speculation to an ambition that can be realized? In 2012 I was asked to propose a project for Icarus Interstellar in their portfolio of work that aims to catalyze the construction of a starship research platform in Earth’s orbit within a hundred years. I chose the construction of an artificial world – Persephone - an alternative earth-like habitat in which a colony of creatures could thrive.

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Author(s): Armstrong R, Hughes R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Undergraduate Research Students

Year: 2016

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Pages: 28-37

Print publication date: 18/03/2016

Online publication date: 18/03/2016

Acceptance date: 12/02/2016

Date deposited: 18/03/2016

Publisher: JOUST