Could We Terraform Mars?

  • Published: 16 September 2019
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    Humanity’s future is glorious. As we master space travel, we’ll hop from one lifeless world to the next. Life will blossom in our path and the galaxy with shimmer with beautiful Earth-like orbs. Hmmm… maybe. This won’t sound so far fetched if we prove we can do it at least once. If we successfully terraform Mars.

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    We already have the technology to bring humans safely to Mars and set up small settlements - or at least could do within a generation. But those settlements will need to be cocooned - shielded against the deadly cold, intense radiation, and the fatal lack of atmospheric pressure. Surely if we want to thrive on Mars – to make it into our second home – these settlers, or their descendants, will need to be able open the airlocks, shed their spacesuits, and step out onto a survivable surface. We’ll need to terraform Mars, as our first step in terraforming the galaxy.

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Comments • 5 957

  • MoE
    MoE  7 hours back

    Or. OORRR we could take care of the planet we’ve got 🤷‍♀️

    • Mo B
      Mo B  10 hours back

      Bend space, then you are able to crash another planet on mars

      • NeuronJohn
        NeuronJohn  11 hours back

        Can't nuke it, but we can antinuke it
        Best start stock piling that antimatter...

        • Sean Newhouse
          Sean Newhouse  16 hours back

          There's also the problem with lack of gravity on the human body not to mention radiation and how to contain the atmosphere anyways and to make a breathable atmosphere you'd have to do it in the right way or else it would entirely muck up the entire process at any rate in the short-term even if we were to accomplish that long-term we would want effective shielding and that wouldn't happen through passive means you'd want to get in caves that are airlocked that would be the place to start that's all doable there's no point in trying everything the hard way that's for sure and send whatever supplies in drilling robots in whatever ahead of time too and there's a lot that could be accomplished in between times for a lot less money

          • Funny Memes
            Funny Memes  18 hours back

            Maybe we can teleport our excess CO2 to Mars, and it would be a win-win situation!

            • Tasty Rainbro
              Tasty Rainbro  19 hours back

              Why mars? Thats a horrible planet..

              • Fraser Henderson
                Fraser Henderson  21 hours back

                Duh... what a foolish question. No, it's way too small. Gravitation is severely lacking. There is no significant magnetic field. It's moons are just posers. Solar radiation is deadly at the surface. The soils are infused with perchlorates (think bleach!). There is no point in trying. Mars is an exotic shithole. It doesn't have any of the Right Stuff to be like Earth. Maybe we could Marsiform Mars but it's just never going to be anything like Earth regardless of what we do or how hard we do it. I don't believe we could "terraform" any planet except maybe Earth and we haven't thought about doing that yet. We are busy ****iforming Earth right now and, if we survive, we will need to do some global remediation here at home.

                • Herren K
                  Herren K  23 hours back

                  Why U using star trek sound effects?

                  • kehtux
                    kehtux  1 days back

                    In the far future they will have Youtube videos with nice graphics without some sod against a greenscreen. They will have something unhindered by an awkward hand gestures. There will be a man that has a body that will fit the size of his head and he will not have to appear on screen to proof that

                    • Manuel Stefan
                      Manuel Stefan  1 days back

                      Why we don't try to find a solution to melt the core or invent some magnetic generators on the poles... and the last option to trap a moon large enough to give the resonance to the crust. Romania scientist organisation

                      • On the Rims
                        On the Rims  1 days back

                        Why do people think we will pollute a lifeless rock?.

                        • Mike Arthut
                          Mike Arthut  2 days back

                          FLat Earth International Conference 2019 It's at Embassy Suites in Frisco Texas
                          THE FLAT EARTH ARMY GROWS !! HA HA HA !!! EAT THAT SPHERETARDS !!! HA HA HA !!

                          • James McHarry
                            James McHarry  2 days back

                            Pump the mars core up with uranium waste products, get the core heated up and let nature take effect. Objective is to give mars a chance to potentially start generating a magnetic field to keep solar wind from driving off atmosphere. Then over years transport mass from asteroids etc on to mars to build up its gravity enough (to 60% of earths mass) to more easily hold atmosphere. The more gravity, the less strong the magnetic field needs to be, I think ?🤔

                            • Dave Dumas
                              Dave Dumas  2 days back

                              easy way to Terraform Mars find largest mountain and turn on the alien machine there (total recall)

                              • hoibsh
                                hoibsh  2 days back

                                I'd rather eat a Mars bar than live on Mars.

                                • Dan Conser
                                  Dan Conser  2 days back

                                  Finally, recognizing how minuscule PEOPLE are in terms of PLANETS, and the TRUE importance of having a magnetic field to preserve an atmosphere. A more limited habitation makes more sense.... IF there is some reason to be there, other than because we can. How do the colonists "make a living"? What is the economic driver of inhabiting Mars? Is there some substance that can be mined for economic gain?

                                  • Stephan De L'ange
                                    Stephan De L'ange  2 days back

                                    Human beings are so stupid.. Instead of throwing money on colonizing and terraforming mars and idiotic stuff like that, (as much as I love astronomy) why not put that same money and that same effort into SAVING OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET that we are living on and severely abusing every day...... Instead of looking outwards, lets all start looking inwards, it would be so much more rewarding in the long run.

                                    • Jim Brown
                                      Jim Brown  2 days back

                                      A couple questions. First, could we not restart Mars' internal heat with a large moon? What would it take? I'm assuming technology capable of moving Ceres or lesser moons of the gas giants here. Get one into low orbit, as low as could be sustained reasonably (and keeping in mind if we can move it, we can probably augment that sustainability). Low enough it tugs at Mars sufficiently, without tearing itself apart, to restart its internal heat. Wouldn't that potentially get us a magnetic field, as well as possibly unlock more gasses from the interior? We'd still need the comet swarm, of course. Just, without a magnetic field, we would risk losing the atmosphere faster than we could add it, I suspect. Some theorize Mars' wet period lasted only a short time, and maybe was due to the massive impacts that created the south hemisphere basis and north hemisphere bulges.

                                      Second question. Why domes? Why not build your cities deep underground, and use light pipe conduits to bring the sunlight in. No risk from micro meteors, and ultimately less expensive with a lower potential for catastrophic failure. You'd still enjoy bright natural sunlight, day and night cycles, and could design the interior so residents really felt more like they were outside, than inside a cave.

                                      • Jonathan Ciesla
                                        Jonathan Ciesla  2 days back

                                        Terraforming is when I build stuff that isn't even existent anymore.

                                        • joelt2002
                                          joelt2002  2 days back

                                          Mar's atmosphere is entirely composed of CO2. Adding more CO2 isn't going to increase the green house effect, that is complete garbage science. The issue is having enough gas, or atmospheric mass, to produce the pressure required to sustain life. Water vapor is one of the main drivers of GHG effect on earth. But our atmosphere is composed of Nitrogen for the most part. The higher the pressure the warmer the planet is going to be regardless of the GHG effect. Basic chemistry PV=nRT for ideal gas explains this.

                                          So you would need to introduce enough matter that can be made into a gas into the atmosphere. CO2 can work for this purpose, and the Earth's atmosphere was mostly composed of CO2 when it was first formed billions of years ago. CO2 is also good as it can be plant food and can be converted into O2 for human consumption. If there isn't enough matter in the crust you would need to probably bombard the planet with comets. This would take an incredible amount of resources and time to pull off.

                                          • Brian Steele
                                            Brian Steele  2 days back

                                            No you cant. Not enough Volcanic activity to replenish the atmosphere. It has blown its guts out into space long ago. A hot spot formed under its crust and poped like a zit. The zit being Olympic mons the largest volcano in the solar system. I believe mars has
                                            Alot of hollow places were
                                            Colonies could be established.

                                            • ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIER Steven

                                              Watch dr. Claudia Albers. Physicist for the answers.

                                              • Jacob Contreras
                                                Jacob Contreras  2 days back

                                                Theirs probably an civilization there

                                                • Shane d
                                                  Shane d  2 days back

                                                  So C02 is good.... then why is our planet dying because of it? This is awesome sauce! Eat it climate nuts!

                                                  • patrick murray
                                                    patrick murray  2 days back

                                                    can not terraform Mars as long as it is in it's current orbit (distance from sun), no matter what we could do it would be it would be too cold to support life. Would have to move Mars to same orbit as Earth.

                                                    • tony sales
                                                      tony sales  2 days back

                                                      redirect a comet to the surface of mars. lots of water in a comet. and then lots of heat from the impact to melt existing martian water and co2.
                                                      and then he said it in the vid. damn.

                                                      • WTX Railfan
                                                        WTX Railfan  2 days back

                                                        The answer is "NO"! Humans have turned earth into a garbage dump. Only the most deluded among us would believe humans could actually "create" a livable planet from scratch. ROTFL! A world filled with perpetual motion machines ... lol. We're gonna end up like the dinosaurs--extinct.

                                                        • John Maelius
                                                          John Maelius  3 days back

                                                          I would say humans are doing a fantastic job transforming this planet. No need to go to mars and add to its suffering.

                                                          • Brian Waldron
                                                            Brian Waldron  3 days back

                                                            We can always smash comets...

                                                            • Nexus Gaming
                                                              Nexus Gaming  3 days back

                                                              For the love of God.. Mars has no atmosphere. Of course it'll be extremely difficult to terraform. But Venus.. Has a DENSE CO2 atmosphere. What would it take to terraform that?

                                                              • DNomad Lethal
                                                                DNomad Lethal  3 days back

                                                                sry but you answered your own question less than two minutes in. the answer is no, because mars has very little activity at its core and produces no magnetic field to "maintain" the atmosphere in any long term capacity. the answer is just no

                                                                • Bruce Searl
                                                                  Bruce Searl  3 days back

                                                                  I think the only reasonable path to transform Mars would be to find another mars size planet, that is mostly iron and a good amount of water and nitrogen and CO2 and setup giant ion thrusters to literally combine the planets. Or a zillion comets in a mix of iron. It would take 100-1000 years probably but pretty doable if it's all automated. ... Oh, He just said all this while I was writing :-) We need iron to and mass to start the core and have enough gravity to keep any atmosphere at a reasonable pressure. So not just icy comets.

                                                                  • BP Professor
                                                                    BP Professor  3 days back

                                                                    Very nice presentation. Thank you.

                                                                    A couple objections: Why would it take "centuries" to deorbit 10,000 comets? A score of robotic ships deorbiting one a week is a 10 year project.

                                                                    Second, we don't need to get Earth normal atmosphere. 1/3 or 1/4 atmosphere will be just fine. At just a few percent atmosphere we are able to walk around without a pressure suit.

                                                                    • Lushin Wun
                                                                      Lushin Wun  3 days back

                                                                      Terraform it only to pollute it like we do our home planet.
                                                                      Hard Pass.

                                                                    • Hatty Hattington
                                                                      Hatty Hattington  3 days back

                                                                      bro we can barely muster enough moral consciousness to not go to war with each other over religion,resources,skin color, etc. I know this video is just speculation but Humans have to many problems on EARTH that we need to solve before we can even imagine terraforming a whole new planet, or else we will just have space wars and ultra-corporations selling bottled oxygen.

                                                                      • relentlessmadman
                                                                        relentlessmadman  3 days back

                                                                        right now we are terraforming earth We're Killing our home (Earth)
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                                                                        • a-SkepticalMan
                                                                          a-SkepticalMan  3 days back

                                                                          We can't keep Earth beautiful or Earth-like, forget Mars.

                                                                          • Skurai Ver.3
                                                                            Skurai Ver.3  3 days back

                                                                            Wouldn't the atmosphere made just peel away with space weathering since the magnetosphere is off?

                                                                            • charles jurgus
                                                                              charles jurgus  3 days back

                                                                              What about trying to heat up the magma and get it churning?

                                                                              • Kerry Russell
                                                                                Kerry Russell  3 days back

                                                                                Will Amazon deliver to Mars? Amazon.mars?

                                                                                • vic button
                                                                                  vic button  3 days back

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                                                                                  • Kevin Westrom
                                                                                    Kevin Westrom  3 days back

                                                                                    If Mars has only 11% of the size of the Earth, could we conceivably/theoretically terraform another location within the Solar System, to use for relocation, as our "Earth 2.0" for people to live ? Could we theoretically terraform the moon Titan or some other moon of Jupiter or Saturn to become our next "home" within the Solar System, as an intermediate location, before/& if we can develop a near true interstellar space travel capability?

                                                                                    • Han Song
                                                                                      Han Song  4 days back

                                                                                      If we successfully terraform Mars after so much trouble, we get just 1 small habitable planet...
                                                                                      BUT if we focus more on developing equipments/structures/ships/suits (like mega dome cities) that can operate in hazardous environments, we get access to countless other planets !!

                                                                                      • Ramtin
                                                                                        Ramtin  4 days back

                                                                                        Yeeting comets in Mars and Potentially Earth's general direction is a NO from me dawg.

                                                                                        • Michael Holloway
                                                                                          Michael Holloway  4 days back

                                                                                          Wouldn't a few hundred good sized asteroids from the belt do the trick?
                                                                                          Why not tunneling?

                                                                                          • Christopher Jones
                                                                                            Christopher Jones  4 days back

                                                                                            1.Hit it with a asteroid of hight metal content. This will penetrate into the core liquefying the core and starting a em field. 2. Direct a comet whith high water and methane content. This will help the positive feedback loop. 3. Bombardment with seed bombs to spread plant life as a carbon intake and oxygen production. .4. Build house. The easy path . It could be terraformed in 100 yrs. Loveable. Done.

                                                                                            • Art Gutierrez
                                                                                              Art Gutierrez  4 days back

                                                                                              Fix Earth before you fantasize about colonizing Mars.

                                                                                              • Adam Barnhart
                                                                                                Adam Barnhart  4 days back

                                                                                                14:01 - Hmmm. Vast tracks of land.