Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says

Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says

Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says

During the confrontation, the Sun, the Earth and the planet are perfectly aligned, which creates excellent conditions for observations of the planets that are at a minimum distance from the Earth and are well-lit by the Sun.

According to the Inquisitr, the second way would involve changing the atmosphere of the red planet considerably so that an abundance of liquid water could live happily on its surface and humans could walk freely as they do here on Earth, without being constrained by breathing gear and any other apparatus.

Saturn is by far the solar system's most photogenic planet, and in this latest Hubble Space Telescope snapshot it is especially so because Saturn's magnificent ring system is near its maximum tilt toward Earth (which was in 2017). If you don't find an opportunity to watch the Red Planet this time, then you can find it again very close to the earth on October 6, 2020. On July 31st, Mars will be 35.8 million miles from Earth, which is the closest it has been to Earth in 15 years.

Mars also has seasons, due in part to its 25-degree axial tilt, which is similar to Earth's 23.5-degree tilt. One way to give the atmosphere a boost is by releasing more Carbon dioxide and scientists know that there's some of that trapped in Martian ice and rock.


The most striking features on Mars' surface on these days will be the brilliant white polar cap and a dust storm. However, all that effort would only result in a planet with an atmospheric pressure 1.2 percent that of Earth's at sea level. The researchers estimate that heating the soil could provide up to 4 percent of the needed pressure.

The analysis shows that even going through an energy-intensive process of Carbon dioxide extraction from the planet's dust, soils and minerals still only gets the atmosphere to about 5 percent of where it needs to be. There's still one big problem that would make life hard for a human settlement on Mars and that is its lack of atmosphere. But solar radiation and solar wind can remove both water vapor and Carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere. It turned out that carbon dioxide on the red planet is not enough, and most of the available carbon dioxide may not be emitted into the atmosphere.

Another idea is to import volatiles by redirecting comets and asteroids to hit Mars. "As a result, terraforming Mars is not possible using present-day technology", said Jakosky.

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