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Originally posted by mrwupy
Besides, whats the point in terra forming that planet if we don't even have the ability or common sense to fix this one first?
there is a law
thats why people can buy parts of the moon
Originally posted by AnnoDomini2
Terraforming mars was an intruiging idea for me too, but you've unfortunately not covered one aspect, Mars does NOT have a magnetic field.
Some theories project that mars at one time had an atmosphere similar to early earth, but because mars either never had a magnetic field or as mars cooled it went away, the solar wind blew the atmosphere away.
It is known that the Magentic field of Earth is one of the Key elements to maintaining its atmosphere.
Also providing some critical radiation protection. One of the key issues in sending people to mars.
Originally posted by shadarlocoth
Well If we can hook drive units to big floating Iron rocks, then I think we can with our current level of tech, Unless the rock is spinning oddly. Would Need targets with slow or no spin on them for easy docking. Next for a way to move them. I would have to say Super sized version of a Ion drive. Have a nuke reactor As the power supply the reactor later could be used to power the electro mag's once its in orbit.
The unit would be made of 3 sections. First would be the landing legs that mount to the Target similar to the moon Landers but have large screws on each pad to tap into the rock also as it closed on target it would launch 6 harpoons to the target to help hold it in place and to help with landing. after the feet are secure then a High power co2 laser mounted on the on center of the bottom of the craft with a refracting arm that can spin on the bottom of the craft so that it can project laser light to any point under the craft. then it burns 6 holes as deep as the main stage is tall then. something looking similar to drywall screws are lowered into the holes the laser made. Then they are expanded to give a rock hard grip to the Target.
The next part is the main body that holds the nuke/fusion reactor + guidance and radar all the tech stuff that keeps the unit on track. Then there is a is a seal that works like Tank turrent. attacked to the top is a fuel storage or radar/ imaging equipment. Then attacked to sides are the main ion drives. This would let the drives face any direction. This also lets the unit slow down any rotating speed the target might have after attaching.
similar to the turrent here to give you a idea on how it would work.
The units would not be small at all we are talking about the size of a Saturn 5 first stage booster at a minimum would odds are take 3 to 5 of these per Target to get them moving.
[edit on 20-12-2004 by shadarlocoth]