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Terraforming Mars?

January 17th, 2008 21:03 pm | by Ed |

I just read an interesting piece on about plans to terraform Mars. That's right, there is actually serious talk about a project that it's proponents claim could be done by the end of the century, whose goal will be to turn Mars into a place with shirtsleeve weather for humans.

The plan is to melt part of the Martian polar ice caps, warm the atmosphere and exchange most of the carbon dioxide for oxygen.

This sounds fascinating, especially when you read these people talking about it like it's a guaranteed done deal. In reality it's not anywhere near guaranteed. A project like that would have a literally astronomical cost, require the support of more than one earthbound government for the larger part of a hundred years. Yeah, that's gonna happen.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see stuff like this, I'm just realistic enough to know that governments can't generally cooperate for more than a decade or two about anything. Add to that the fact that most, if not all, of the people that would be in charge of paying for this thing won't even live to see it completed....

Well, you get the picture. It's a great idea. Just don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen.

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1 Comment

  1. meika on 28.02.2008 at 23:45 (Reply)

    Why Mars cannot be terraformed

    Apparently its too small.

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