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Message 1268788 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 14:49:27 UTC - in response to Message 1268770.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.
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Message 1268805 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 23:20:16 UTC - in response to Message 1268788.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.

Still it would be one heck of an achievement...
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Message 1268933 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 6:20:43 UTC - in response to Message 1268805.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.

Still it would be one heck of an achievement...


A difficult achievement as well I think.

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Message 1268935 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 6:27:58 UTC

Just a bit of harmless fun:


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Message 1268936 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 6:28:26 UTC - in response to Message 1268933.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.

Still it would be one heck of an achievement...


A difficult achievement as well I think.

Maybe, but just think, then there'd be real live Martians and one could be named Marvin... ;)
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Message 1268970 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 9:29:20 UTC

Andy I love it, best cartoon of the trip so far :-)

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Message 1269051 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 13:48:05 UTC - in response to Message 1268935.

Oh that's a very good pic Andy.
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Message 1269083 - Posted: 8 Aug 2012, 14:49:57 UTC - in response to Message 1268936.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.

Still it would be one heck of an achievement...


A difficult achievement as well I think.

Maybe, but just think, then there'd be real live Martians and one could be named Marvin... ;)


Wouldn't that be something...
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Message 1269522 - Posted: 9 Aug 2012, 16:42:09 UTC

Curiosity makes first picture on Mars
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Message 1269835 - Posted: 10 Aug 2012, 4:30:06 UTC - in response to Message 1268788.

Mars could become Green...

Guess that will happen in a couple of billion years when the sun becomes a red giant. Mars could even become livable then. That is if the composition of the atmosphere changes as well and if the humans are still around, which I doubt somehow.

Actually it is within the range of human ability and technology, all We'd need to do is warm the planet up some to melt the co2 at the poles, add a plant to break down ammonia into Nitrogen and Hydrogen and of course once the air is warm enough add plants, easily done according to NASA, now of course the one sticking point is making a replacement magnetic field to protect that atmosphere 24/7...

Perhaps in the next 50-100 years, as the state of the art of space transportation advances.

First, manned exploration missions, then maybe the magnetic field, then greenhouse gasses to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet a bit.....

Some excellent science fiction has been written about terra-forming Mars. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars" trilogy comes immediately to mind.

If we could use the magic motorcycle on the Verizion commercial we could get there now... 2 seconds to get from Jersey Shore to West Pheonix? I could live in a space suite long enough to get to Mars at that rate...
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Message 1274934 - Posted: 24 Aug 2012, 17:13:39 UTC

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Message 1274941 - Posted: 24 Aug 2012, 17:25:10 UTC


Curiosity getting driving lessons at Bradbury Landing, if that landing was an Olympic event, Curiosity would get a GOLD medal...
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