A general question and discussion thread: it recently came to my attention that Mars creates a gravitational force of just over a third of Earth's. This is significantly more than the Moon's 1/10th, but still might cause problems with regard to proper muscular-skeletal development for the people living there, especially the ones born there. And it would be worse on the Edge colonies, who live on small moons at the edge of the solar system, with even weaker gravity wells. What solutions might be in place to prevent a Martian or Edge Colonist from being too weak to move upon disembarking on Earth? Or Medina, for that matter? Mandatory exercise might alleviate a few of the issues, but certainly not all of them, and this game is a bit hard-sci-fi for gravity manipulation.
Physical Fitness in Low-Gravity Environments
Character: Nikolai Locke, Martian Engineer
Player: Michael Bushee
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A good question. Mandatory exercise along with pharmaceutical regimens to halt bone degeneration and force development solve most of the problems with Mars' low gravity - in short, the drive to colonize Mars also cured diseases like osteoporosis. I obviously can't tell you the exact details, I'm not a 23rd century doctor, save to say the 23rd century has found a long-term treatment, likely both hormonal and nanite based, that forces the production of bone cells without the usual stimulus of Earth gravity.
Meanwhile asteroid stations and ships make use of centrifugal gravity.
Titan and Callisto use similar methods to Mars.
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Part of the solution might be preventative. Since geneering is a thing in-setting, perhaps there have been therapeutic genemods that prevent bone and muscle loss in low-G environments. It's hard to apply mods like this to post-pubescent organisms, but you really only need to treat one generation of babies to make the problem self-correcting.
The question then becomes, "How widespread are these mods?" It's a safe bet that all Martians, Belters, and outer system colonists would have them, but what about Earthers? And are the modified genes dominant or recessive? The latter question is important for the descendants of Medina's first-wave colonists, particularly when (if!) they advance far enough to start colonizing their own asteroid belts.
Player: Mike Walton
Character: Djibril Etienne, Utopian Geneticist
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