Monday, July 16, 2007
Who Will Be First To Terraform Mars?
we wondered when we asked ourselves, "Who will be the first to put a conveyor belt on Mars"? Which we know is a rather odd question, but we had recently been thinking about conveyor belts and their applications to industry...(see our "Links" sections just over on the side)...
There is no need to put up a website to answer this question, its already been done (see Red Colony). But, it seems to us, that there might be a lot more needing to be done on Mars's pristine surface to accomplish any terraforming missions. And, at present, if you "google" terraforming missions, your "lucky" search result is a list of information on Missions to Mars. So, it seems very likely we will be sending more missions to Mars.
And to what purpose? Well, Mars seems like a relatively "safe" place to relocate to...compared to some of the concerns we are facing here. Further, scientists are looking at large-scale terraforming feasibility experiments in Mexico: Mexican volcano is test bed for trees on Mars.
And what would trees and conveyor belts have to do with terraforming - and eventually - human settlement of Mars?
Right now, it seems that trees will be needed to create a sustainable atmosphere for human and other life. Also, no waterways nor roadways are extant on Mars - at least not now. Will the relatively simple invention of conveyor belts (and similar machinery/technology) be needed to move/deliver materials, equipment, food, water, ore(s) and etc. to and from strategic locations on the red planet? It seems to us a basic and strategic need for the colonization mission(s) to come.
And, back to our original question, who will be the first to terraform Mars: NASA, the USA, Russia, China, India, a consortium, or somebody else?