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Posted on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 09:26

Sometimes I wonder about the space program.  What do I wonder?  Well, terraforming Mars for example. A few years ago there was a biosphere experiement intended to show that one could put a dome over an area, and within the confines of this dome manage to have all the food and water you need to stay alive. And then....then we go to Mars and have a dome there!

I'm pulling the plug on that idea!  The dome didn't work, although I feel it was a useful experiment and has served other purposes.  Here's my idea.

Why don't we claim all the land under the ocean as belonging to the US, and go there?  Most of the earth is covered with water.  There's lots of land there.  Terraform that.  There's water right there, just waiting to be desalinated.  There's food all over the place.  You could even put your crazy solar panels there and have electricity.  Or harvest energy from the motion of the waves.  What if someone got sick and tired of bubble life?  Well, it would be a lot easier to get home than if you were on Mars.  OK, air is a problem.  I bet not as much as on Mars though.

Can you imagine the minerals and wealth down there unexplored?  Well, I'm going to rope off some of the ocean floor for myself if no one else does.  

Besides all the other problems with the Mars idea, the biggest problem is that before long, our people on Mars would start killing each other, probably before they even reached Mars.



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Posted on Sat, Aug 03, 2013 08:24

Dave, wise words indeed! 

Alternative scenario:

We establish kudzu on Mars.  It, of course, takes over quickly.  If we ever hoped to have any other plants on Mars, we can forget it.  

But wait!  We didn't know there were Martians!  They're mad about the kudzu.  They decide to go to war with us to teach us about messing with Mars.  Now we're in trouble! 



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Posted on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 21:22

Hi Dave,

Ha ha.  Yeah, I bet that's true.  Once there were plants there would be oxygen.  Then we could move right in!



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