Learn how we can (theoretically) build a Halo ring

There's no disputing the massive appeal of the Halo franchise. The game started on the original Xbox, and is continuing to be a standout title Microsoft. The popularity is so great that it's being released on mobile devices, there are documentaries being released about the game, and even a live-action TV show will be coming out soon. But it's just a video game, so none of it could ever really happen, right?

As it turns out, that might be an incorrect assumption. As Nerdist writer Kyle Hill explains in the above video, a Halo ring might not be completely out of our reach in 500 years. By creating a narrow sliver as the Halo instead of creating an entire world around a star, it's much easier to keep the structure together with current technology such as carbon nanotubes. In addition, while the walls of a Halo ring are extremely high, they're higher than they need to be in order to support an atmosphere. We won't pretend that we understand all of the science that's being discussed in the video, but it's still something fun to think about.

You might initially think that this is completely far fetched and will never happen, but it's important to remember that a lot of scientific breakthroughs, such as the first Motorola cell phone, received their inspiration from science-fiction.

Source: Nerdist

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