DailyDirt: Making Mars More Like Earth

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The goal of living on Mars is getting some media attention (because everyone continues to want to save Matt Damon apparently). It’s seriously difficult to live on Mars unless we make some major changes to its atmosphere and climate, and somehow turn the clock back to make Mars warmer and more water-friendly. People are thinking about ways to terraform Mars, but it’s an enormous project that isn’t quite environmentally friendly to our alien neighbors (if they exist).

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Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

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Oy. How do people not realize that what he said, while being interviewed by a comedian, was a freaking joke? I bet he’s laughing his head off right about now, seeing so many people taking “Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars” seriously. Even a cursory look at the math shows that the idea simply doesn’t work; give the guy some credit for being enough of an engineer to know that.

Will Waters (profile) says:

Re: Atmosphere will be a problem

Titan’s atmosphere is almost 50% more dense than ours. Based on gravity alone, if one were to give Mars a breathable atmosphere, it would last a long time (relative to us, not geologically). The issue is the lack of magnetic field on Mars which means the solar wind would constantly strip off the atmosphere, starting with the lighter elements.

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