In my last post I mentioned the possibility of using a process called “Terra forming” as a possible way to better secure humanity’s future.
Furthermore, a prime candidate within our solar system is within our grasp.
The Red Planet right next door has a multitude of exploitable features which can prove to be useful in making the now inhospitable planet, habitable.
In many ways Earth is quite similar to mars. Both planets have polar ice caps, terrestrial in nature and occupy the habitable zone within our atmosphere. However due to Mars only having approximately half the mass of Earth it struggles to hold onto it’s atmosphere, making it the barren red planet we know today.
Venus on the other hand has an atmosphere, is approximately the same size as earth and also just inside the habitable zone or better known as the “Goldilocks zone”
What is the “Goldilocks zone”?
The goldilocks zone is an area space in which liquid water is able to exist on a planet. Type of star, relative temperature and the planets distance from the star are all taken into account and processed to see if whether a planet would be able to hold liquid water, which is thought to be a key ingredient for life to flourish.
Why Mars and not Venus?
From what I’ve said earlier you would think that Venus would be as just a suitable option for the Terra-forming process, maybe even more suitable than Mars.
Let me go more in depth.
The problem with Venus is that it’s the real life demonstration of a Global Warming extreme.
Thanks to the continued efforts of the active volcanoes on Venus, carbon dioxide is being produced in MASSIVE amounts
The atmosphere is so thick and mainly comprised of carbon dioxide that no heat from the surface can escape, turning the planet essentially into a solar oven with an average temperature of 477 degrees Celsius.
On top of this, The surface pressure on Venus is far too great for anyone on Earth to withstand. with it being approximately 90 times the weight of Earth we’d simply be crushed under the weight.
Considering also that it rains sulfuric Acid daily due to all the Sulphur being thrown up from the planet from the volcanoes, with our current technology,Venus poses too great a challenge to transform it into a planet with a surface hospitable for human-kind.
With technology we have now and that will be available to us within the next 10-20 years, a formation of an atmosphere on Mars is definitely a possibility for the future.
If we analyze the terrain of Mars, certain features on the red planet can be seen to have some Earth like traits. Such as naturally forming canals, waterways and basins. Which can only be formed by a flowing liquid, which is believed to be liquid water.
Due to Mars being too small to hold onto its atmosphere however, the planet lost the ability to hold liquid water.
With evidence to suggest that liquid water has existed on mars before, human-kind can surely figure out how to do it again.
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