MAY 22, 2018 4:57 PM PDT

Could Humankind Terraform Mars or Venus?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Earth might be our natural home in the solar system, but many scientists propose terraforming nearby planets like Mars and Venus such that they can be made habitable for humankind.

Venus, which is considerably closer to Earth than Mars, sports an insanely-high surface temperature with crushing atmospheric pressures. These two elements make for an inhabitable world, but some scientists think that we could cool the planet down with solar shields or create high-rising cities that reside in the lower-pressure portions of the Venusian atmosphere.

Mars, on the other hand, lacks many of the necessities of life. Its thin atmosphere and lack of flowing surface water mean that it would take significant resources to make the planet habitable. Some scientists have suggested detonating thermonuclear bombs at Mars' poles to release liquid water, but this idea seems a little far-fetched.

In either case, terraforming Mars or Venus would require significant time and resources. So much, in fact, that it may not be feasible in our lifetimes. That aside, scientists are actively researching new ways to move forward with ideas so that they can happen sooner rather than later.
About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
MAR 16, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAR 16, 2020
These Crabs Decorate Themselves to Avoid Being Eaten
The animal world is chock-full of critters that do seemingly odd or unusual things. The decorator crab is one such examp ...
APR 13, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 13, 2020
Lion Cubs' Curiosity Sometimes Leads Them Right Into Danger
Most people have probably heard the popular idiom ‘the curiosity killed the cat’ at some point in their live ...
APR 26, 2020
Plants & Animals
APR 26, 2020
These Macaques Slap Their Food Scavenging Competition
One thing that lion-tailed macaques and Malabar giant squirrels have in common is a passionate love for the taste of jac ...
MAY 04, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 04, 2020
The Science Behind Brown Dwarfs
Outer space is chock-full of stars and planets orbiting them, but there’s a fine line between what makes a star a ...
MAY 11, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 11, 2020
Hear What Astronauts Think About SpaceX's Upcoming Crewed Launch
On Wednesday, May 27th, NASA will entrust commercial space company SpaceX with the coveted task of flying astronauts to ...
MAY 12, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 12, 2020
Here's What Would Happen if You Fired a Gun in Outer Space
Many of the world’s greatest science fiction films depict massive battles in outer space between starships and eve ...
Loading Comments...