Could We Build A Planet From Scratch?

Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin. These days it seems like everyone wants to
go out into space and colonize new planets. With global threats such as climate change
and other factors like a growing world population and Triangle Bob’s never-ending appetite,
it’s probably a pretty good idea to expand humanity’s foothold throughout the galaxies,
but it had me wondering. Rather than rely on another pre-existing planet,
could we make a new, habitable planet ourselves? Now before we begin, it’s best to know that
we are going to be making a lot of assumptions here and that there will be a world of other
factors to consider than what we bring up in this video. And if this is even possible, it likely won’t
happen for a very long time. But for curiosity’s sake, let’s go exploring! I just hope we end up like the rover and not
the cat. To start off, if we’d want to be living
on it, we should to find a good spot in space to put the new planet. We’d want it to be in a habitable zone,
meaning the planet should have an orbit the right distane from its star to ensure optimal
temperatures and most importantly, liquid water/. Too close of an orbit to its star and the
planet would be a good home for the Human Torch. Too far away and the planet would most likely
be in a deep freeze. We’d also need the right materials to make
the planet. Our Earth has a core made of mostly iron and
nickel, then its mantle, which is comprised of mainly silicate rock with elements like
magnesium, aluminium, oxygen and more. Atop that is the crust, which has some similar
materials, but throws in more things like calcium, sodium, and potassium. If we made our own new planet, we’d probably
want it to have similar elements and a similar structure. We’d also want a bunch of water to form
some oceans, as most of the Earth’s surface is covered in it. But even if we can get all the materials,
actually creating a new planet like Earth could prove troublesome. It might be a better route to make something
more like giant space station. We’ve already made the International Space
Station and plenty of space vessels, so this could be more in our wheelhouse. It would still require a lot of material though
and be pretty expensive if we wanted it to be super big, say the size of our moon or
a small planet. By comparison, it’s been estimated that
it would take around 850 quadrillion dollars to build a real-life Death Star. Either route we go, we’d probably also need
a lot of food, since there’s going to be a bunch of scientists and astronauts out in
space working on this project! According to NASA, their average astronaut
uses about .83 kilograms of food per meal, with .12 kilograms of that being packaging
material. Excluding the weight of the packaging material,
this would mean we’d need roughly 780 kilograms of food to feed just one astronaut out in
space for a year on a 3 meals a day diet. One thing that could prove useful for any
type of space colonization is having the ability to have a giant magnetic shield to protect
our new homes. NASA recently announced that they want to
try and deploy a magnetic shield around Mars to make the atmosphere more livable through
things like protection from solar winds and radiation. Having something like that at our disposal
could help us with a variety of space missions, including terraforming. Putting this all together could be the start
of making our own planet one day! Now, in reality, creating a new planet would
probably require some extremely advanced technology and there would be tons of other things to
consider Could we one day create our own, new planet? If so, what should we call it? Let me know in the comments below! I briefly touched on how much a Death Star
would cost, but have you ever wondered how much space is worth? Check out this video! Make sure you come back every Monday for a
brand new video. As always, I’m Blocko and this has been
Life Noggin. Don’t forget to keep on thinking!