Should Mars be terraformed?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by draqon, Jul 7, 2008.

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Should Mars be terraformed?

  1. We should not even venture into space...we should stay on Earth

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  2. We should venture into space...Mars or not Mars...but later in 100 years or so

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  3. We should venture into space in these 100 years but settle on the moon

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  4. We should venture into space before 2050, and colonize Mars

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  5. We should venture into space as fast as we can and colonize Mars

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  6. We should venture into space and colonize Mars and terraform it on a side

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  7. We should explore space immedeately and terraform Mars right from the star

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  8. We should terraform every habitat we visit, as long as it is in our power and as fast we can

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  9. whatever NASA and space agencies decide...is were I stand

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  10. other/none

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  1. draqon Banned Banned

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    I am a strong advocate of Mars terraforming and terraforming of planets that we colonize as we go across the space from Earth...however not all support this, some have other views as to never wonder of to space, wait for hundred more years to venture of to space, some favor exploration of Mars...but do not favor terraforming...

    So are you a supporter of what...in terms of space exploration and Mars?
     
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  3. Enmos Staff Member

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    Terraforming should only be done to completely dead planets. Obviously, decades and decades of research has to be done to be sure.
     
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  5. draqon Banned Banned

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    we dont have decades...we need to act fast to allow our civilization to be sustained by resources.

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  7. Enmos Staff Member

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    You can have remote colonies without terraforming the planet. It will just cost trillions of dollars to supply them.

    By the way, terraforming itself takes AT LEAST a few decades.
     
  8. draqon Banned Banned

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    actually terraforming takes thousand years or so...

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    artificial that is...

    dont worry about money...monarchy can be set up to accomplish a goal.
     
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    You mean natural, they speculate it could be done in as little as a couple of decades. But most likely a couple of hundred years.

    Anyway, you agreeing that terraforming takes this long contradicts post 3.
     
  10. draqon Banned Banned

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    no it does not...notice what I voted for...to live in bio-domes and do terraforming on the side...and also get resources to sustain ourselves.
     
  11. Enmos Staff Member

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    That's not terraforming..
    Terraforming involves the entire planet.
     
  12. draqon Banned Banned

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    Like I said...we can both live in the domes and at the same time terraform the planet slowly.
     
  13. Enmos Staff Member

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    Then terraforming is not a priority.

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  14. draqon Banned Banned

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    of course it is not. But it is a priority that we do terraform Mars and planets and moons we visit in the long run.
     
  15. draqon Banned Banned

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    yeah

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    I move very fast.
     
  16. Enmos Staff Member

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    What needs to happen in the long run is not commonly referred to as a priority.
     
  17. draqon Banned Banned

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    but it is a priority that it does need to happen. I don't want people to forget about it...and settle on the domes.

    futhermore...in order to make it a priority that it is done...a special division/unit must be set up which will spread life everywhere and terraform planets and moons separate from any nation.
     
  18. Enmos Staff Member

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    First priority will be to survive. Terraforming comes later, not a priority.

    pri·or·i·ty
    1. Precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency.
    4. Something afforded or deserving prior attention.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/priority
     
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    But what if the only way we can survive in, lets say 100 years from now, is to have mars terraformed?
    Then wouldnt that make it first priority?

    And if anything, we should at least have it as a major fallback plan just incase Earth becomes over-populated, or unlivable for some other reason... That way we would at least have better chances of our species to live on.
     
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  22. Vkothii Banned Banned

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    So someone thinks Mars can be "terraformed"? I will presume they mean "made to look like the Earth does"?

    And this will take a century, say, if we "start soon", or some sort of thing?
     
  23. goose Registered Senior Member

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    I always took the meaning of "terraformed" to mean make a place livable for our species, not to make it look like earth. I doubt we would ever make Mars look like the earth. If this is not what it means then i am using the wrong word.

    I didnt mean to say it would take a century, i was just using some random time as a frame of reference of when we might need to have it livable for us.
    I think in an earlier post someone said that scientists believe they could terraform a planet in maybe a couple of decades.
     

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