posted on Aug, 26 2004 @ 08:16 PM
I have a possible theory... The government's/NASA dont really want to explore Mars to see if there is actual life there now (which we all know deep
) so they say we want to see if Mars previously had life living there, not necessarily inteligent life but any sort of life, that could have
existed at all.
Now why would they want or need to know this?
Could it be they want to send humans there to live in the future?
Well this is possible through the use of Terraforming
We have been going to space for nearly 40 years now, but it has always been for temporary stays in orbit. However, three astronauts have now moved
into the International Space Station (ISS) for a four-month stay, marking the beginning of a decade and a half of a permanent human presence in space.
The arrival of these three astronauts at the ISS on Nov. 2, 2000, sparked one NASA official to remark, "We're going into space forever with people
first circling this globe, and then we're going to Mars...."
Why would we ever want to go to Mars? As pictures beamed back from planetary probes and rovers since 1964 have shown, Mars is a desolate, lifeless
planet with seemingly little to offer humans. It has a very thin atmosphere and no signs of existing life -- but Mars does hold some promise for the
continuation of the human race. There are more than six billion people on Earth, and that number continues to grow unabated. This overcrowding, or the
possibility of planetary disaster, will force us to eventually consider new homes in our solar system, and Mars may have more to offer us than the
photos of its barren landscape now show.
Recently, NASA probes have discovered hints to a warmer past on Mars, one in which water may have flowed and life might have existed. With fluvial
evidence mounting that water may still exist in a frozen state on Mars, there are many who suggest that the human race could one day make Mars its
second home. Such an effort to colonize Mars would begin with altering the current climate and atmosphere to more closely resemble that of Earth's.
The process of transforming the Martian atmosphere to create a more habitable living environment is called terraforming
Now is this just a coincidence or is this widely know that they want to know more about life on Mars because they want the planet to be habitable for
human life? Or have i missed this?
I mean this maybe a waste of time if everyone knows about this kind of technology/understand/possibilities , but its news to me.
We have expert's debating it....
At the Astrobiology Science Conference earlier this year, scientists and science fiction writers -- from NASA researcher Chris McKay to author Kim
Stanley Robinson -- faced off on the promises and pitfalls of terraforming Mars.
All the evidence points to terraforming Mars...
There are amazing similarities between the Martian atmosphere that exists today and the atmosphere that existed on Earth billions of years ago. When
the Earth was first formed, no oxygen existed on our planet and it, too, looked like a desolate, unlivable planet. The atmosphere was made entirely of
carbon dioxide and nitrogen. It wasn't until photosynthetic bacteria developed on Earth that enough oxygen was produced to allow for the development
of animals. Similarly, the thin Mars atmosphere today is almost totally composed of carbon dioxide. Here is the composition of Mars' atmosphere:
95.3 percent carbon dioxide
2.7 percent nitrogen
1.6 percent argon
0.2 percent oxygen
Mars would be the perfect place for us to do this!
This week’s launch of the Cassini space probe to Saturn sees another stage in the exploration of our Solar System. But the prime target of both Soviet
and American probes in recent years has been Mars, which is seen as the most suitable planet for intensive exploration. NASA’s plans for a series of
Mars missions (of which the recent Pathfinder and Global Surveyor missions are just the first) are expected to culminate in a manned landing sometime
early next century. They have even longer-term plans, which has brought the SF term terraforming to public notice.
With our current technology its perfectly possible for us to send robots out and start terraforming Mars...
Just check these links out and decide for yourself il post all the sources i have used here and more of what i have found to be related and
Any opinions on this theory....Be nice
Easy to read explanation of how terraforming would work
The rest are just abit more in-depth but still a good read!