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Published 1 year ago with 4 Comments

Here's How We Can Turn the Red Planet into Earth 2.0

In the event of a catastrophe on the same scale as the astroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, mankind's best chance may lie in off world colonies. Due to its similarities to Earth, many scientists think Mars is a viable candidate for terraformation. We already know that the planet is within the habitable zone. So, what would it take to make it habitable? A 1000+ year planetary engineering project.

 

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  • nebraska
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    Are you testing the image limits, Drunken Ninja? 1,170px × 8,239px (scaled to 1,145px × 8,063px), about 1.3Mb.

    In the meantime, yay Mars! Too bad it'll take 1000 years. But the good news is that with advances in healthcare, I might be around for the next 1000 years.

    I have a workaround idea. Since ice is H and O, drag large asteroids to Mars and extract those elements. Use that additional water and oxygen to fuel the atmosphere. It might take a century until we have the technology to drag asteroids around, but I'm a patient person.

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    • Appaloosa (edited 1 year ago)
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      The big one is lack of a magnetosphere. The inability to constantly regenerate an atmosphere, like Venus with volcanic activity (it has very little magnetosphere as well) and constant erosion by Solar winds....and big events like these CME's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfNZ_Qw5AHs will make keeping an atmosphere very difficult. If you can't come up with a way to replenish an atmosphere, the rest is academic.

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