Could We Terraform Mars?

  • Published: 16 September 2019
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    Humanity’s future is glorious. As we master space travel, we’ll hop from one lifeless world to the next. Life will blossom in our path and the galaxy with shimmer with beautiful Earth-like orbs. Hmmm… maybe. This won’t sound so far fetched if we prove we can do it at least once. If we successfully terraform Mars.

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    We already have the technology to bring humans safely to Mars and set up small settlements - or at least could do within a generation. But those settlements will need to be cocooned - shielded against the deadly cold, intense radiation, and the fatal lack of atmospheric pressure. Surely if we want to thrive on Mars – to make it into our second home – these settlers, or their descendants, will need to be able open the airlocks, shed their spacesuits, and step out onto a survivable surface. We’ll need to terraform Mars, as our first step in terraforming the galaxy.

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Comments • 5 893

  • NeuronJohn
    NeuronJohn  2 hours back

    You say insane I say hold my brain.

    • MMODink3
      MMODink3  2 hours back

      what about AI robots, in the future for sure will we have robots that can perform like humans, just send couple of thousend robots to start building, and ye the robots in the future run on endless futuristic power so the will work forever. And when they are done we start sending humans. Problem solved!

      • alex kregel
        alex kregel  3 hours back

        Bad idea to irradiate the material you would use to build your atmasphear.

        • alex kregel
          alex kregel  2 hours back

          You would also not want to bombard the planet with meteors of the size needed to restore the atmasphear because of the teck needed will only exist after the existence of people on the planet.

        • alex kregel
          alex kregel  3 hours back

          Al you really have to do is vent greenhouse gasses released from composting crops. Just use the plants to proses carbon. It would be like greenhouse extraction from earth's atmasphear but from the soil with the opsit goal of earth. And it would be a more gradual efect and create a more habitual atmasphear.

      • heathmcrigsby
        heathmcrigsby  3 hours back

        It's simple, we set up the Mechanicum of Mars.

        • martel hinds
          martel hinds  5 hours back

          Mars terraforming :-Man your so cool but very fckin depressing tehe dam you've taken away my Martian Terraforming dream glass domes no atmosphere means no protection not just from radiation but from rocks also. Ok so Asteroids are bigger than meteorites which would mean if we hit Mars with a few of them that had the right material then well job could be done quicker. Problem is all this would have to be done before Mars colony was setup and according to Elon Musk that is going to happen within 20 years and I like the sound of that but smashing rocks into the side of the planet when its got people living on it might not be the best thing to do? Question would smashing rocks asteroids into the side of the planet increase the size of the planet and if we increased the size of the planet would that help to increase the gravity of it?

          • Anonymná hyena
            Anonymná hyena  6 hours back


            • David Moreno
              David Moreno  6 hours back

              I just got done. How crazy, basically paralleled thought.

              • David Moreno
                David Moreno  6 hours back

                I think Mars is the obvious choice. It is THE challenge. We need to prove that we can create natural habitats for ourselves and this one is something we can work on.

                • David Moreno
                  David Moreno  6 hours back

                  Also, there is a fading coming from your lighting. You kinda look 90s

                  • David Moreno
                    David Moreno  6 hours back

                    Just before watching I am posting. One of the things we need to do is reactivate the core. That means lots of energy getting somehow injected right into the core. Gotta get the shields up basically.

                    • Gareth Stack
                      Gareth Stack  7 hours back

                      'Nutting it's plentiful iceballs in just the right way to send them ploughing towards mars... Otherwise earth is in for a pounding also. ' LOL. How much fun did you have writing that?

                      • Ray Chat
                        Ray Chat  8 hours back

                        since we're dreaming, and in a few centuries perhaps wars will have provided us with enough firepower to simultaneously do 2 things at once, bring about the rain of meteorites, but not just 10.000 or so, but a LOT more, perhaps from the Kuiper belt, and fragment the planet we know as well as send enormous amounts of heat there, those 2 things would give mars potentially a size close to earth, and maybe even a density that's close enough AND a molten core, then perhaps work on other things ... I wouldn't worry too much about what that would do to other planet's orbits around the sun either for the following reason
                        this process that would take the relatively very short 4-5000 years would in fact make the planet habitable for the next species , since by that time our humanity will have consumed us ...
                        then suddenly realize the specie previously living on Venus had done this to Earth and they didn't make it here, only life found a way and way after it was done there.
                        and then I wonder if all life forms are as ambitious

                        • Over Kill 1
                          Over Kill 1  13 hours back

                          What happens when you terraform a planet with no magnetosphere?

                          • David Wilson
                            David Wilson  13 hours back


                            • Junk Box
                              Junk Box  14 hours back

                              I hope we never get lose into the galaxy.. we come in peace ✌️😆

                              • That Girl
                                That Girl  15 hours back

                                Humans: Let's nuke it

                                • M Al
                                  M Al  15 hours back

                                  NOPE.. 🙏🙏🙏

                                  • Jorji Costava
                                    Jorji Costava  21 hours back

                                    nuke its core

                                    • Gordon Sirek
                                      Gordon Sirek  22 hours back

                                      This Mars fantasy is a steaming pile of bullshit.

                                      • Keith Chamberlain
                                        Keith Chamberlain  24 hours back

                                        "Can we terraform Mars?"

                                        Uhm... No. We can't.

                                        Wasn't that difficult, was it?

                                        • JabberCT
                                          JabberCT  1 days back

                                          I have a diamond pickaxe with mending, unbreaking III and efficiency IV. I'll have Mars terraformed in no time!

                                          • donkique956
                                            donkique956  1 days back

                                            Mars was already our home before. We destroyed it.

                                            • Sam Anderson
                                              Sam Anderson  1 days back

                                              Bombard Mars with water asteroids?

                                              • jeff wei
                                                jeff wei  1 days back

                                                9:10 what's a procecessing plant?

                                                • A.I. Joh-An Gerrison Bot

                                                  Already been done by the *Nazis* thanks to the Reptilians from Alpha Drakonis and the Grays back in 1959, via the ultra-secret space program, which was launched primarily out of the old Soviet Union simply because of its size and resources and wealth - they could virtually do everything in secret... 🙂

                                                  • Hampus Lundström
                                                    Hampus Lundström  1 days back

                                                    Seems easier to change and upgrade us humans, our animals, and
                                                    plants rather than trying yo give mars an earth like atmosphere.

                                                    • Adam Nelson
                                                      Adam Nelson  1 days back

                                                      13:08 earth will be busy fighting the covenant invasion

                                                      • xl
                                                        xl  1 days back

                                                        Mars has the same surface as the Earth land surface..

                                                        • xl
                                                          xl  1 days back

                                                          What if we engineer some kind of humans that can live on Mars as is ?
                                                          It seems less far fetched than any of the solutions I've heard.
                                                          Just like Eskimos can live on the North Pole, Sherpas in Nepal, and Russians in Russia.

                                                          • Jimmy Day
                                                            Jimmy Day  1 days back

                                                            Simple answer is no

                                                            • xpeterson
                                                              xpeterson  1 days back

                                                              If only we had some giant bucket technology that could take atmosphere from Venus and throw it onto Mars, we’d get 2 usable planets

                                                              • surge me
                                                                surge me  1 days back

                                                                Yeah but with out a magnetic core isn't it pointless

                                                                • OldIrishWulf 1
                                                                  OldIrishWulf 1  1 days back

                                                                  Just open your Google Earth app. Take a look at the desertification above and below the equator. Forget Mars. Fix what we've got.

                                                                  • SAFAL KR
                                                                    SAFAL KR  1 days back

                                                                    Using all the above options and transporting all the excess CFCs to Mars from Earth

                                                                    • fatarsemonkey
                                                                      fatarsemonkey  1 days back

                                                                      NO, how are you going to keep the atmosphere without an electromagnetic shield.



                                                                      • KayJay Parko
                                                                        KayJay Parko  1 days back

                                                                        Humanity is so stupid...we can't even terraform EARTH.
                                                                        Go ahead - you've already got most of the materials required - terraform the Sahara or the Gobi.

                                                                        • Chesy
                                                                          Chesy  1 days back

                                                                          We could use lego to terraform mars! I hope alien are not scared of legos

                                                                          • Delani Porter
                                                                            Delani Porter  2 days back

                                                                            Sorry but I've seen what those cockroaches can do .... I hope we don't

                                                                            • James Brownlie
                                                                              James Brownlie  2 days back

                                                                              What if we could send co2 from Venus?

                                                                              • Thomas Newman
                                                                                Thomas Newman  2 days back

                                                                                Once we've "Terraformed" Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Southern California, along with the other desolate deserts around this planet. Then maybe we can start to think about "Terraforming" a different planet.

                                                                                • MB4LUNCH
                                                                                  MB4LUNCH  2 days back

                                                                                  Retard Channel.

                                                                                  • MB4LUNCH
                                                                                    MB4LUNCH  2 days back

                                                                                    Brainwashed fuckers. It is impossible to even go to Mars, much less land on it. The only planet that is smarter than this channel is Uranus.

                                                                                    • caspermilquetoast411
                                                                                      caspermilquetoast411  2 days back

                                                                                      HOW ABOUT TERRAFORMING THE EARTH FIRST

                                                                                      • Carl Ljungquist
                                                                                        Carl Ljungquist  2 days back

                                                                                        How about a video on terraforming Venus? Venus is more desirable because of its size. Or is it? I'm assuming the Sun would have to be completely blocked for a very long time.

                                                                                        • Vince Russo
                                                                                          Vince Russo  2 days back

                                                                                          Why not start with the moon first?

                                                                                          • Iñigo Acha
                                                                                            Iñigo Acha  2 days back

                                                                                            3D Lego Printer, 10/1 Scale, and the astronauts can brick mars up.

                                                                                            • Toughen Up, Fluffy
                                                                                              Toughen Up, Fluffy  2 days back

                                                                                              Short answer: nope.

                                                                                              • Silver Metronome
                                                                                                Silver Metronome  2 days back

                                                                                                Why not transform earth first. Why would people waste earth's resources in outer space when we have so many problems facing earth. Climate change with all its problems, ethnic problems, inequality, hatred among nations and peoples, poverty, homelessness. I think there are so many places on earth that need to be explored and make habitable like the deserts and the oceans.