One of the options that has people talking, is creating a living environment on Mars. I am not scientifically savvy and this very idea frightens me. But according to an article I read, “Terraforming of Mars,” scientists believe they have the potential ability to work out the problems through artificial means, so this might be a viable solution to overpopulation.
There are lots of issues with the adventure of human colonization outside the atmosphere that currently sustains us. Some of the challenges would include tapping into the water scientists are certain exists on Mars, and garnering required energy from the Solar System and other natural resources. The low gravity found on Mars creates problems for retaining proper atmospheric pressure compatible for humans. Solar radiation and space weather are more difficulties; yet there are those who believe the day will come when Mars could potentially be supportive of human occupants.
The very idea of something so dramatic boggles my very un-scientific mind! Of course, I’m sure the same thing was said when Thomas Edison introduced electricity, when the Wright Brothers proclaimed they would have a flying machine, and the computer gurus who insisted even ordinary families across the world would have a computer in their home.
When I was a child, I remember a TV show called ‘The Jetson’s.” It was a “comic strip” type of show where a family, including children and a dog, along with their robot who took care of the house, lived in outer space. They traveled in space machines to and from work, and wherever else they needed to go. That was fantasy; pure fantasy. But here we are, decades later considering the possibility of a viable community on another planet. Is it still fantasy?
Our earth is placed in the solar system at the perfect degrees from the sun so we are not ‘over heated’ (even though there are days when some would disagree—especially when the humidity is very high, making the heat index intense!), and set so cooling can come to ease the heat of the day, at night. Weather phenomenon happens all the time, but not where we have to create an artificial atmosphere of usable air for us to breathe. Our soil is conducive to plant growth for both human and animal consumption and the oceans are teaming with aquatic animal life just right for their viability.
Who are we, mere humans, to think we have right, even if we have the ability, to create another habitat suitable for human sustainability on another planet? Perhaps I am archaic, but I shudder at the thought, even though I have no issue with space exploration. I realize that sounds like a contradiction since, my very un-scientific mind, has no idea what can be gained by doing so.
How do you feel about the possibility of creating a ‘world’ on another planet where humans can live productively? Do you believe it is ethical? In your view, is it even a likely scenario?