Beyond the Black
Station Type: Torus
Allegiance: Planetary Consortium
Primary Languages: English
Selene Station has a population of 3 million and is the fourth largest Lunar settlement. Selene is a vast torus 1.5 kilometers wide and 1.3 kilometers high, forming a wheel with a diameter of 12 kilometers. The interior is divided into 30 levels, with the outer levels devoted to manufacturing, life support, raw material storage, and similar nonpublic functions. The rest of the station consists of 20 levels of dwellings, shops, entertainment facilities, and places of employment. Each level has a 45-meter ceiling and is carefully designed to feel relatively open and airy. Though the various inhabited levels are slightly less verdant and filled with life than most settlements on the Lunar surface, the innermost level has a 100-meter ceiling, lit by reflected sunlight. This area is a vast semi-wild public park divided into three different biozones: a tropical rainforest, a tropical savanna, and an open temperate forest with many lakes.
In addition to the main torus, which rotates at a rate of one revolution every six minutes to produce Lunar gravity, the station also consists of a central sphere, one kilometer in diameter. This sphere connects to the skyhook on one side and has a large series of docks for spacecraft arriving at Luna on the other side. It is also the primary location for zero-g manufacturing in Lunar orbit. Six tubes connect this sphere to the torus, each 30 meters wide. These tubes contain three high-speed elevators that stop at every level of the torus. They also stretch far past the bottom of the torus, reaching out to small pods located six kilometers below. Each pod is an ovoid 300 meters long and 120 meters in diameter that is kept at Martian gravity for the comfort of Martian visitors, or to help individuals who will be traveling to Mars begin to adapt to the higher gravity before their journey.
Selene Station is one of the most cosmopolitan Lunar settlements and has enclaves of business people and diplomats from across the solar system who act as ambassadors and senior trading factors to Luna. The enclaves from Titan, Extropia, and the Jovian Republic are the three largest, and they have recently been joined by a small enclave from the Morningstar Constellation. Selene’s allegiance to the Planetary Consortium and its location as one terminus of the Lunar skyhook give it close ties to both Nectar and the rest of the solar system. The fact that the Consortium controls the skyhook is a sore point for many supporters of the LLA, who feel it gives the Consortium a stranglehold over Lunar affairs.