Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, August 19, 2018

It Doesn't Matter How Much CO2 is in Martian Soil

Elon Musk says there is enough carbon dioxide in Martian soil to pressurize the atmosphere of Mars to enable it to be terraformed. Scientists disagree.

(H/T)

I submit that it doesn't fucking matter.

Mars doesn't have a magnetic field. The atmosphere would be stripped away by solar wind. In the meantime, the lack of a magnetic shield would mean that living aboveground on Mars would be inviting a probable death from cancer.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Simple matter of a field generator at Mar's L1 Lagrange point. There is always a way, maybe out of reach of our tech right now.

https://phys.org/news/2017-03-nasa-magnetic-shield-mars-atmosphere.html

hans said...

Elon's gotta keep popping far-out (but not tooooo far out) stuff to keep the rubes tickled up and investors at bay while he potters about running his money-makers any damned way he sees fit... such fun!! Buck Roger and Gyro Gearless allatonce :-)

Borepatch said...

The theory that the Earth's magnetic field helps us retain our atmosphere has become somewhat controversial lately. There's reason to think that we lose about as much atmosphere to space as Mars or Venus.

https://www.space.com/11187-earth-magnetic-field-solar-wind.html

But yeah, you'd be catching all those Cosmic Rays yourself on Mars. Ionizing radiation is not healthy for children and other living things.

Leo Knight said...

In a few years he could try his hand at terraforming the uninhabitable planet formerly known as "Earth."