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originally posted by: eriktheawful
You want to melt the ice? Both the CO2 and water? Then let's heat the planet up: mirrors placed in geo orbit that can focus the light from the sun. Safer, you have a lot more control, and you're not throwing a bunch of radioactive crap up into the atmosphere.
Think smaller, not larger: no need to terraform the entire planet. One could easily and quickly terraform much smaller areas of the planet, like domed over craters. You could do these much quicker, and then take your time with the rest of the planet.
originally posted by: Nothin
Shows how close we are to the description of a virus.
We have enough weapons and nuke power plants to destroy this world for a hundred thousand years, and now some would actually suggest going to the next closest planet, and contaminating it on purpose.
Just unbelievable how destructive humans are.
We want to blow-up Mars! Brilliant!
Letting a for-profit corp have possesion of nukes? Not smart.
Imagining that rockets never blow-up on launch? C'mon man!
You all know they wouldn't be doing it for the benefit of humanity, right?
originally posted by: Namdru
a reply to: Emit1
The fastest way to terraform Mars is to nuke the vast resevoirs of water ice hidden underneath its drifting dusts and sands. There's vastly more water than anyone suspected before. Imagine of all of earth's water were buried in the form of layers of dust, sand, and compacted snow. That's the situation on Mars. Nuke that and you've got water, plus a huge amount of atmospheric vapor. It just might make Mars suitable to grow again.
It would be a great loss to astro-archeology but a great gain for lucky humans trying to escape the wreck that Earth will be in a hundred years or less.
i'd suggest that this solar system is our town..and we're all sitting in the town hall wondering why it's getting crowded
we pose no threat to any other civ at this point. i don't see why, if they are observing us, they'd object to us re-arranging a local world or 2 to our liking. if they're gonna take us out for that they'd likely find any number of reasons to do so in future when we start really exploring right?
originally posted by: Emit1
a reply to: eriktheawful
that sounds like the slow way musk mentioned? are we sure we have the time?