Current Technology makes Terraforming Mars Impossible

Current Technology makes Terraforming Mars Impossible

During the confrontation, the Sun, the Earth and the planet are perfectly aligned, which creates excellent conditions for observations of the planets that are at a minimum distance from the Earth and are well-lit by the Sun.

The basic idea behind making Mars habitable, also known as "terraforming", is to release enough of the carbon dioxide trapped in the planet's surface to thicken the atmosphere, heating up the planet enough to keep water in a liquid state. Normally Mars is the only planet in our solar system that you can see the surface of though a telescope, but that's not going happen as experts are forecasting this dust storm is bound to continue for maybe the next several months.

Following the approach of Mars to Earth is expected in October 2020.

The nearest point to Earth in Mars' elliptical orbit came at around 1100 GMT on Tuesday, NASA said.

Part of the problem is Mars' atmosphere.

"In addition, most of the Carbon dioxide gas is not accessible and could not be readily mobilized". Thus, evaporation of the polar caps will lead to an increase in atmospheric pressure to only 1.2 percent of the pressure on Earth. The observatory building will be closed during the event, but exterior restrooms will be available.

The analysis shows that even going through an energy-intensive process of Carbon dioxide extraction from the planet's dust, soils and minerals still only gets the atmosphere to about 5 percent of where it needs to be.

Carbon-bearing minerals buried deep in the Martian crust might hold enough CO2 to reach the required pressure, but the extent of these deep deposits is unknown, not evidenced by orbital data, and recovering them with current technology is extremely energy intensive, requiring temperatures above 300 degrees Celsius (over 572 degrees Fahrenheit). In brief, getting water and an atmosphere.

One of the proposed methods of pumping more Carbon dioxide into the red planet's atmosphere is by bombing the planet's poles.

Compared to Year 2018, it will take another 17 Years for Mars to match this year's record in September 2035. "As a result, terraforming Mars is not possible using present-day technology", said Jakosky. Any such efforts have to be very far into the future.

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