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NASA to make oxygen on Mars

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Nasa plans to make oxygen from atmosphere on Mars

If successful, experiment will mark a major step towards making Mars habitable for human colonies in the future

Nasa is planning to make oxygen from the atmosphere on Mars when its next robot arrives on the mysterious red planet in 2020.

Scientists will send microbial life - possibly algae or bacteria - on the 2020 Rover mission in a bid to create air fit for human consumption.

They aim to feed the microorganisms in Martian soil in the hope that they will pump out oxygen as a byproduct.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mars-nasa-2020-rover-oxygen-microorganism-algae-bacteria-robert-lightfoot-moon-international-space-a7902531.html


 

 

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We're terraforming it? 

That sounds like a bad sci-fi movie.

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Cool. Another planet we can destroy.

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3 minutes ago, XenoFish said:

Cool. Another planet we can destroy.

Exit strategy for the folks who always knew global warming wasn't a hoax. 

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Kinda hope it works. Maybe the smart civilized people can get off planet before the primatives blow everything to hell.

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2 hours ago, ChaosRose said:

We're terraforming it? 

That sounds like a bad sci-fi movie.

 

according to this it wont happen

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Bad News for Terraforming: Mars' Atmosphere Is Lost in Space
https://www.space.com/31044-mars-terraforming-nasa-maven-mission.html


 

 

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Anything that we send to Mars will be alien to that planet so we will be polluting it.

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Right now it is a big "dead" rock that no one is using so anything we send up there will be an improvement in my view.

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21 minutes ago, spud the mackem said:

Anything that we send to Mars will be alien to that planet so we will be polluting it.

 

we've sent a few things already

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5 hours ago, seeder said:

 

according to this it wont happen

 

Yes, but the Independent article also says that NASA has plans to build a magnetic field around Mars. That would solve this problem.

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i agree to be done. We're finally colonising another planet

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It's only a hundred times harder, living there, than on the Nullarbor Plain. Should be a piece of cake.:wacko:

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On 8/21/2017 at 9:12 PM, ChaosRose said:

We're terraforming it?

No we aren't, not even close.

A colony on Mars does not require terraforming, it can exist within pressurised habitats in much the same way that astronauts survive on the space station. What a colony does require is oxygen,

In the shorter term, if oxygen can be generated on Mars it will make it easier to send expeditions there. Astronauts on the surface will not have to haul there oxygen supply all the way from Earth. It might even be possible to resupply the mission with oxygen at Mars for the voyage home, greatly reducing the weight of the spaceship needed.

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