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Q&A A semi-habitable Mars and the differences between the plains and the craters

I'm developing a world based on a terraformed Mars, which was cut off from interstellar society and regressed to a pre-industrial level of technology. Mars has an ocean, but most of the settled peo...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Geraintosaurus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Geraintosaurus‭

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Q&A Inhabiting Mars versus going straight for a Dyson swarm

My question is as follows - let's assume our objective function is to have as many humans as possible living outside the confines of the Earth as soon as possible. For this, we need to provide thos...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rohit Pandey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rohit Pandey‭

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Q&A Self-sustaining Mars colonization

Background A 100 years in the future Mars has been colonized, new settlers and resources arrive from earth every 26 months (when the planetary orbit lines up best) by first taking the space elevat...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cypher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cypher‭

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Q&A Is this Martian creature plausible?

I am thinking of writing a story about a Martian civilization. It might involve humans, but, I think it will be more interesting if there are creatures adapted to the Martian lifestyle as well. So,...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caters‭

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Q&A If somehow Mars suddenly had our exact atmosphere, could there be lots of life in a few million years?

If somehow Mars suddenly had our exact atmosphere, could there be lots of life in a few million years? Would the temperature rise quickly? Would the ice caps melt? Could the life be as advanced as ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CrazySlayaNinjaBear‭

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Q&A If Mars contains coal, will it become a dominant source of energy?

In the year 2099 A.D, humans made a major discovery. There is a rich source of fossil fuel buried beneath layers of Martian soil. It is estimated that the coal deposit that was discovered could fil...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Could a route among the asteroids be built to reach Jupiter's moons once the technology to reach and set up a base in Mars is ready?

Once the technology is ready to reach and set up a base in Mars (perhaps 10 years if SpaceX expectations come true) could it be possible to build a route among the asteroids to reach Jupiter's moon...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pablo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pablo‭

Question asteroids mars
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Q&A Producing solar panels on Mars - what is minimal process required, and the mass to import it?

On Mars any initial colony will be power limited. Power sources can be brought from Earth, but any power generation capacity would reduce the mass available for other, more useful cargo. Alternat...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user2702772‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user2702772‭

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Q&A Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user2702772‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user2702772‭

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Q&A Why would anyone consider terraforming Mars, considering it can't hold onto water vapour?

From this graph it can be seen that Water Vapour can never be held by the Martian gravity, and would escape into space. How would future terraforming processes overcome this loss?

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by VenusUberAlles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by VenusUberAlles‭

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Q&A Breathable Mars?

I'm working on a far-future SF story taking place on a terraformed Mars and would like a fact check. Current estimates (see here and here) are that the CO2 on Mars could be released in gas form to...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by hatch22‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by hatch22‭

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Q&A Can space debris be used as a heat sink for re-entry?

In the world I'm building, a nuclear war and subsequent repressive chaos have led all satellites to be destroyed by the powers that be, around 10 years from now. A few years later, a small spacecra...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ale Fernandez‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ale Fernandez‭

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Q&A How many nukes are needed to restart Mars' Core?

Whenever terraforming Mars comes up, the subject of its magnetosphere inevitably arises. When that happens, someone is bound to suggest using nukes to restart the core a la "The Core". Assuming th...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by KareemElashmawy‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by KareemElashmawy‭

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Q&A How do I increase air pressure for the planet Mars?

Introduction For more backstory, see here and here The 438th Harmonious Congress of the People of Mars was perhaps the most anticipated since the early years of the settlement. In a rare action, ...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A Terraformed Venus and Mars

A Traveler from a very advanced civilization has visited the Solar system. He found the humans likable, and decided to leave them a boon. For some reason, he couldn't do anything directly to the Ea...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Alexander‭

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Q&A Dead on Mars: Surviving Bacteria

I'm interested in the introduction of bacteria on Mars. If a small base were set up with attempts to maintain some sort of sterilisation protocols, but all the humans died on that base a) what woul...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Hmars‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Hmars‭

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Q&A Thermite for metallurgy?

As we all know, a majority of the Martian soil is composed of ferric oxide ($Fe_2O_3$), which is also coincidentally the formula for hematite, one of the most common ores of iron. I think (persona...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Budhaditya Ghosh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Budhaditya Ghosh‭

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Q&A What can we do to Mars to give it a survivable atmosphere?

Some science-fiction books I've read (including more than a few by Ray Bradbury) have men from Earth living on Mars, walking around outside of enclosures. I know that this is currently not realisti...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Shokhet‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Shokhet‭

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Q&A Is it possible to make high-compressive-strength cement on Mars?

I was having fun reading this article about making cement on the moon when I asked myself (and now you), is it possible to make a suitably high-compressive-strength cement on Mars? Since concrete...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A Anchoring a Deimos base

Some astronauts have just arrived in Mars orbit! They're fixing to set up a small refueling station/outpost on Deimos. One problem, how might they keep their small habitat and associated structures...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A What natural event could strip all of Earth atmosphere?

I was reading up on Mars thin atmosphere and was wondering how could Earth becomes like the red planet except it only has only 100 pascal (air pressure) at imaginary sea level? Mars is 600 pascal o...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Feasibility of an 'Oxygen Radiation Zone': a non-pressurized natural formation on Mars that provides suitable atmosphere

CONTEXT and INTRODUCTION Humans establish colonies on Mars with slightly more advanced technology than we have today. The Martian colonists lose all contact with Earth. Over centuries, the Martian...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by dreadzone11‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dreadzone11‭

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Q&A Could a woman survive on mars by wearing a tight fitting, heated shirt, heated leggings, and a full head oxygen helmet

I'm writing a story where mars with its current atmosphere is inhabited entirely by women wearing the "spacesuit" with the following features: tight fitting, heated shirt, heated leggings, ful...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Someone‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Someone‭

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Q&A How would humans look after living many generations on a terraformed Mars?

Let's say humans moved to Mars and have lived there for millions of years. Mars is of now uninhabitable, though in this case some terraforming has happened. The poles have been nuked to release gre...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A. Kvåle‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by A. Kvåle‭

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Q&A Ideal Martian Colony Spot

What would be the ideal spots to build/start a colony on Mars? I am looking for. . . Good location; a particular well placed crater, lots of caves nearby, etc. . . Good mix of resources; Ice, ir...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Could a blimp house an entire colony on Mars?

What is surface to weight ratio needed to help slow the decent onto Mars? Assembled and inflated in space could a blimp be big enough to include everything needed to jump start a colony and land...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Would weights in clothing be an adequate way to compensate for low gravity?

Would heavier clothing solve the problem of bone and muscle loss in Martian gravity? It doesn't have to be a perfect solution, I just don't want my Martian colonists to be total wimps compared to E...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Slimy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Slimy‭

Question gravity mars
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Q&A How strong would John Carter really be on Mars?

Let us assume that in the future, there is a formerly human colony on Mars that has existed there for some centuries. The people of this world have had time to adapt to the lower gravity over at le...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A How would a Mars colony living in a giant dome protect against rapid decompression?

Giant dome concepts are beautiful, but I can't help but wonder how they could be so fragile. If there is even the tiniest rip, the whole thing would rapidly decompress. How would you protect agains...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Programmer4Life‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Programmer4Life‭

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Q&A Building computer hardware on the Moon or Mars

My story setting's group of AIs and brain-uploaded humans wants to colonize space. They have an advantage over us, meat humans, because they don't need conventional life support (air, water, sewage...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Snow‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Snow‭

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Q&A Can Mars work as a wildlife sanctuary for animals?

Suppose humanity manages to terraform Mars: we give it a magnetic field, an atmosphere, then Mars gains oceans, lakes and rivers and we plant forests there. So now Mars looks like another Earth a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John Michailidis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Michailidis‭

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Q&A What would the effect be on Earth if Mars disappeared?

What would the effect on Earth be if Mars, in the space of one second, disappeared from the Solar System? Just simply was gone, leaving no residue, and leaving the space where it had been like it h...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Terraforming Mars, Hellas Planitia with comets at Mars L1

Using comets at Mars L1 point, allowing the tail to constantly add to the atmosphere in both volatiles and increased temperature from the infalling matter, as well as blocking the solar wind which ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Brooks Nelson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Brooks Nelson‭

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Q&A Natural subterranean cave formations on Mars

Is it possible that subterranean caves do/have existed on Mars? We know of the past existence of water on Mars. Which region (if any) of Mars would we likely find/expect to find a cave system bel...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by socrates‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by socrates‭

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Q&A Is it possible to have a Earth-like planet with a red moon, similar to the color of Mars?

With Mars' color coming from the iron oxide, is it possible for such a small body without an atmosphere to support that color?

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MD3828‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MD3828‭

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Q&A How would someone keep time on Mars?

I understand that a Sol is a Martian day, a little longer than a day on Earth (... 30 minutes I think?) and there are 24 months using the Darian calendar. So if people lived on Mars, what is a casu...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Kovas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Charlie Kovas‭

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Q&A Designing a Mars-Class Zeppelin

In my world, a scientist and engineer by the name of Guoliang Guan successfully uproots and moves a quarter of a million tons of habitat, industry, miscellaneous chemicals, storage containers, rock...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How long would an abandoned surface colony on Mars physically last?

Humans with a level of technology roughly equal to the present day, not more than a decade or two more advanced (e.g. they might have slightly more efficient rockets, or a more miniaturized comm sy...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Columbia says Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Columbia says Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Designing a flag for Mars: drag and proportion

I've been thinking about flag designs for colonies on Mars, and something occurred to me. The "official" Flag of Mars has a critical flaw The average wind speed on Mars is 10 m/s (20 mph); the fa...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by rek‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by rek‭

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Q&A Self defense on Mars

Here's the situation: Mars has been colonized in the near future "“ tens or hundreds of thousands of people live on Mars. For political reasons, EarthGov is against sending weapons to Mars; and, ...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cypher‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by cypher‭

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Q&A How Many Earth-Like Worlds Could Be Made Using Only Material From The Solar System?

Assuming that some future civilization of hyper-advanced humans, or aliens for that matter, had the technology to reshape the solar system so that there were several habitable planets the rough siz...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by The Literary Lord‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by The Literary Lord‭

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Q&A Project Noah: Blue Mars

Set in the 23rd Century, space tourism has matured. The scientists gathered at a summit to discuss plans for terraforming Mars, therefore the Mars colonists living inside a temporary biosphere will...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ens...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A What edible organisms grown in hydroponics on Mars will create most complete diet?

NASA has sent a crew of 100 people on Mars to start a colony. The crew was in cryogenic sleep during their trip to save food and water. And after the 6-month journey, they have reached Mars. My que...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jayden Harris‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Jayden Harris‭

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Q&A Would Earth's extraterrestrial colonies have a higher average intelligence?

In the MARS series of National Geographic, an organisation is steadily colonizing Mars by sending a handful of people every few months. However, these aren't ordinary people, of course; they are to...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Thomas W‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Thomas W‭

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Q&A Sandalphon: A Machine that Copied Gametes

Obligatory Premise In the year 2201, Diego OfeAde has been in control of Mars for 50 years. He has moved mankind into Valles Marineris and his aggressive population expansion program has seen t...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

Question biology genetics mars
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Q&A How to get down Valles Marineris

In my World, a perfect storm of catastrophic size strikes earth and black-death levels of mortality ensue, cutting short the Great Space Race. The only problem is that there are over 10,000 people ...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would it be possible to use geothermal energy on mars?

If we were gonna develop a colony on mars would it be possible to explore geothermal energy and would it be viable? (Assuming we could transport the required equipment) Edit: Recently I found thi...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by DGaspar‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DGaspar‭

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Q&A A world without bacteria

According to a recent paper from the university of Edinburgh, the ground of Mars contains a lot of perchlorate, which combined with the high level of ultraviolet radiation, makes a very bacteria ho...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Vincent Teyssier‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Vincent Teyssier‭

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Q&A Effective way to recreate a magnetosphere on Mars with current technology

Our Earth and Venus each keep a thick atmosphere because of a magnetosphere. Most terraforming scenarios of Mars involve transferring water and other gases from the ground to the atmosphere. We no...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user2284570‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user2284570‭