posted on Jun, 5 2007 @ 06:28 AM
A breathable Mars is going to take decades, if not centuries, of terra forming. First we have to identify which plants will live on Mars, possibly
there is plant life already there waiting for us to cultivate it (or maybe those plants, if any, are producing the CO2).
Then we grow the Mars into a big ol' garden. These things take time. We are really small compared to planets and such. I don't know what people are
thinking when they imply we can simply send a rocket or touch a button and "Viola'" instant atmosphere!
Life on this planet is so vast and immense, we need to understand it a little better before going off and attempting to put oxygen on another. I know
we're heading up the creek now with Earth population, "global warming" whatever that is, and polution, but we'll be in serious shinola if we
decide to send any form of life whether its a type of Earth-Martian pine tree or a Navy Seal who can hold his breath every 20 minutes.
My point is, you get one chance here. Exploring Mars with people is okay. Moving in with all our stuff all at once because our body of science fiction
tells us it might work out...not so much.