May 9, 17 / Gem 17, 01 13:33 UTC
Clearing Up Communications: Round 3 - Light ¶
There appear to be competing ideas on how Asgardia will be set up as a space station. As a result, I am wanting to set up some clarification posts so that people can all have a more clear vision of what is reasonable, desirable, and safe for Asgardians.
This forum post will be dealing with the idea of light.
While in space, light will be available MOST of the time (and, in fact, all of the time if Asgardia is in an appropriate polar orbit). This, however, is about how light will be used.
If we allow too much sunlight into the station, we are also allowing cosmic rays, radiation, and similar 'unseen badness' that we are normally protected from by Earth's atmosphere. There is also the added difficulty of the fact that we will have an overabundance of light (especially in a polar orbit) where we will never have periods of dark. As a native Alaskan, I know how bad it is for some people when the sun never goes down. People who are very photosensitive have trouble sleeping without it being dark, and their biorhythms get all thrown out of whack when there isn't a stable day/night cycle.
Thus, I was considering the idea of using solar energy purely for electrical generation purposes and using 'sun lamps' specifically designed to throw the kinds of light we require at intervals that are consistent with our normal sleep patterns, and allowing trees a similar 'sleep cycle' that they require for normal healthy operations.
So, I ask, how do you like your light?