Red/Green Mars? (in Off-topic)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] August 17 2006 12:53 PM EDT

I saw a very interesting documentary on Terraforming Mars.

In said docu, it was suggested that people would break into two factions;

Those who support an untouched, or 'Red' Mars.

And those that want a terraformed 'Green' Mars.

Broaching the subject to my folks as I picked them up from Stansted on Sunday showed this in action. My Mum was a feverant supported of a Green Mars, my Dad (partly through pedantry I suspect...) threw his weight behind a Red one.

So where does CB stand? Red or Green Mars?


bartjan August 17 2006 1:35 PM EDT

Chocolate, caramel and peanuts, please.

Xenko August 17 2006 1:36 PM EDT

Red Mars - We would have to live in domes since there would be no breathable atmosphere (unless we have machines to regulate the atmosphere in some way)

Green Mars - More like earth, just colder.

Personally, I'd want Mars to stay red. It just looks cool.

In reality, it will become green, at some point, since I am assuming we will colonize Mars eventually for one reason or another.

PirateKing August 17 2006 1:43 PM EDT

I doubt it would be worth the effort to terraform Mars. What everyone seems to overlook is that Mars is significantly smaller and has much less mass than Earth. That reduced mass means a weaker gravity well, which means Mars would not be able to sustain an atmosphere that humans could endure without assistance.

I cannot recall the exact numbers, but a fully terraformed Mars would have an atmospheric density similar to altitudes of 30,000 feet above sea level on earth.(Mar's current atmospheric density is roughly equal to 75,000 f. a. s. l.)

Feh... I can't find my source for the information. Crud.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] August 17 2006 2:03 PM EDT

The method I saw was to mine some greenhouse gas materials directly from Mars, then pump them (continuously probably, due the the gravity issue..) into the Mars atmosphere to raise it's temperature, etc, etc...

Bart, over here, there's only one type of Mars. But a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play! ;)

Brakke Bres [Ow man] August 17 2006 2:25 PM EDT

There is a good chance that Mars can never be terraformed: Read this
And the same thing is happening to earth.
The magnetic poles are changing again.
And it will happen in the next 10000 years or so.
So i say no!

QBOddBird August 17 2006 3:44 PM EDT

Won't happen, but I still vote for a Green Mars.

Why not a Green Jupiter? That planet is way cooler looking. We need those rings.

AdminShade August 17 2006 4:40 PM EDT

I'd rather like a brown mars bar :p

Stephen August 17 2006 7:36 PM EDT

Let's start with a red Mars and get Arnie, wrestling with a false identity he ultimately prefers over his real one, to initiate alien technology to make it green.

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] August 17 2006 8:55 PM EDT

If you don't count getting there ,it would be cheap?Well semi cheap anyway .Mosses etc. Adapted for there ,where it wouldn't be in any way earth like ,would make it better for someone living there.And make the place more exploitable, therefore inevitable.Though I have a sinking feeling humanity isn't going to spread much further than our solar system.Hopefully I'm just being gloomy?

InebriatedArsonist August 18 2006 7:27 AM EDT

For those of you interested in some decent SF reading material, you could try Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars series, which dealt in great part with the environmental destiny of the red planet.

Anyway, I'm on the side of the greens. Natural beauty is one thing, depriving a civilization of precious living space for purely sentimental reasons is quite another.

AdminG Beee August 18 2006 8:01 AM EDT

If I can't get broadband internet access I'm not going no matter what colour it is!

Personally, I'd vote for tartan...

The Death Company [...] August 18 2006 12:16 PM EDT

Green all the way. eventually earth will die for one reason or another so for humans to survive we need else where to live eventually

Humans will survive ice ages etc if they come again even if its only a small % but im sure i saw somewhere that at somepoint our sun will collapse(super nova?) so when then happens colanising mars will be just as pointsless but it will be a stepping stone towards else where in space
If we can colanise mars more effort will be put in to space travel etc which is ultimatly what the human race needs to survive

(do like the idea of a tartan mars though!)

BootyGod August 18 2006 2:15 PM EDT

What color does green and red make when mixed together? mud? I vote mud!

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] August 18 2006 11:11 PM EDT ,....Not really on topic but interesting.
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