Saturn and the rings


Saturn's moons
Quite the proliferation of moons diverse in size, composition and eccentricity although the last parameter is relative as in none of the orbits are hugely elliptical as you expect to find in captured objects.
 
And those rings!  Are they stable and intricate or what!
Oddly, although all composed of ice the different rings have a different tinctures of added elements as if they could be used for doping.
ring structure
Very cold water ice resublimates, the crystal of the atoms recrystallize and shrinks in upon itself by 30 percent.  These cold temperatures can be easily maintained in deep space and around Saturn and the outer planets.  The characteristics of the cold material is similar to that of stainless steel at room temperature.  There is a link in my book The Future of Space.

Let that sink in a minute.  Stainless steel is iron treated with different small amounts of impurities such as nickel, carbon, and molybdenum.  If you were going to build a starship, a large one, the rings of Saturn contain easily obtainable building material, steelish, available in various 'textures' like we have for materials made for Earth and not deep space - such as CS 1040.

ring edge workersFurther there are odd constructs buzzing about the rings that NASA has termed edge tenders.  NASA does everything in it's power, and rightly so I guess, to attribute natural causes to seemingly unnatural phenomenon at the edges of our perception and understanding - but they may be just what they appear to me.

If the rings are a stockpile of building material then automated infrastructure would be needed to fetch or deposit the materials and keep the materials in line.  Since the automatons may be very old they may not be working correctly.  Different configurations ( different machines ) have been seen to change course, outgas as they say, and maneuver and the effects of some of the machines can be seen actually maintaining the edges.




North pole of SaturnAnd what about that North Pole!  Hexagon?  Coupled with the hexagons on Iapetus?  I'm not buying the coincidence, something is up.  We think there is a constant hydrogen liquid gas storm about the planet with hurricane speeds in the hundreds of miles per hour BUT could that inner hexagon be a wall to keep the weather at bay?

That inner hex hole is large enough to fit the entire Earth into it - Saturn is a gas giant after all.  This gas is light weight hydrogen providing a one gee surface gravity just like on Earth.  Can't stand on the surface, it's a gas, but what about at the North pole, inside the 'wall'?

Here's a thought.  What is our next fuel for surface and space vehicles?  Hydrogen?  That's right, hydrogen.  Talk about a gas station.  At this one stop you have materials to repair the ship, gas for moving about the solar system, moons of every possible makeup of raw materials and asteroids nearby if you need more.  What do you think is down that hole?  Star ship manufacturing, recreational complex and hotel or giant convenience store?
Neptune

NEPTUNE

Neptune is the eighth and farthest planet from the Sun in the Solar System. It is the fourth-largest planet by diameter and the third-largest by mass. Among the gaseous planets in the Solar System, Neptune is the most dense. Wikipedia


Surface area: 2.941 billion sq. miles (7.618 billion km²)
Radius: 15,299 miles (24,622 km)
Orbital period: 165 years
Mass: 102.4E24 kg (17.15 Earth mass)

Distance from Sun: 2,798,000,000 miles (4,503,000,000 km)


  1. Moons:   Triton, Nereid, Proteus, Naiad, Larissa, Galatea, Thalassa, Despina , Halimede, Neso, Psamathe, Laomedeia, Sao


    Neptune is, perhaps, a smaller refueling parking spot. Triton is certainly active and is often outgassing as a massive star ship might do in orbit for repairs but I am only allowing for the possibility not the advocacy.

    Here is a thought.  Star ships are going to need powerful thrust beams and you wouldn't want to graze that across a solar system possibly frying the Earth or simular planet.  Maybe they use these massive planets as heat sinks, someplace to aim the engine while entering or exiting a solar space.  Maybe that's what the storms are, scars from previous landings.  Some of these storms have been seen to appear and last for five hundred years before disippating.  That would mean an active space por t instead of an old defunct one.  Well, I doubt that but then again I don't know.