Humans could move to this floating colony of asteroid belts in the next 15 years, says an astrophysicist

Now more than ever, space agencies and star-eyed billionaires have their minds set on finding a new home for humanity beyond Earth’s orbit. March is an obvious candidate, due to its relatively close proximity, 24-hour day / night cycle and CO2-rich atmosphere. However, there is a school of space travel that suggests that colonizing the surface of another planet – any planet – is more of a problem than it is worth.

Now, a new paper published on January 6 date to the prepress database arXiv offers a creative counter-proposal: Discard the Red Planet, and build a giant floating habitat around the dwarf planet Cereso, instead.