Questions tagged [mars]

For questions about the planet Mars. This includes development, life on Mars, and comparisons to other planet types.

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What can we do to Mars to give it a survivable atmosphere?

Some science-fiction books I've read (including more than a few by Ray Bradbury) have men from Earth living on Mars, walking around outside of enclosures. I know that this is currently not realistic, ...
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Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ...
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How will my nerdy Mars astronauts do battle between their colonies?

What would battle tactics look like outside the scientific research stations? Year: 2100ish Mars: Two 'surface,' permanent scientific research colonies with a little over 100 scientists and engineers ...
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How high-def can my TV be without computers?

Introduction See background information here. In the Harmonious Republic of Mars, the finest forms may be found of any and all luxuries available in the Solar system. This includes moving pictures. ...
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Could a Mars colony use asteroids as weapons against the earth?

If a future Mars colony declared war on the Earth, would asteroid manipulation be a feasible option as an effective weapon against the Earth from a Mars colony? How would this be accomplished? Are ...
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Do the moons of Mars have enough gravity to colonize?

Context NASA commissioned some awesome, vintage-style prints a while back advertising the colonization of Mars. Three of them stood out to me because they depicted colonization of the moons of Mars - ...
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Effective way to recreate a magnetosphere on Mars with current technology

Our Earth and Venus each keep a thick atmosphere because of a magnetosphere. Most terraforming scenarios of Mars involve transferring water and other gases from the ground to the atmosphere. We now ...
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How do I increase air pressure for the planet Mars?

Introduction For more backstory, see here and here The 438th Harmonious Congress of the People of Mars was perhaps the most anticipated since the early years of the settlement. In a rare action, the ...
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Feasibility of an 'Oxygen Radiation Zone': a non-pressurized natural formation on Mars that provides suitable atmosphere

CONTEXT and INTRODUCTION Humans establish colonies on Mars with slightly more advanced technology than we have today. The Martian colonists lose all contact with Earth. Over centuries, the Martian ...
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How to get down Valles Marineris

In my World, a perfect storm of catastrophic size strikes earth and black-death levels of mortality ensue, cutting short the Great Space Race. The only problem is that there are over 10,000 people ...
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Designing a Mars-Class Zeppelin

In my world, a scientist and engineer by the name of Guoliang Guan successfully uproots and moves a quarter of a million tons of habitat, industry, miscellaneous chemicals, storage containers, ...
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Cheapest way to fake the Mars landing

Darmstadt, Germany, current day: All ESA members meet on super secret meeting. They had it enough with NASA and want to claim their first place in space. How do they want to do it? Landing manned ...
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Artificial volcanos on Mars to recover its atmosphere

I am developing a plan to colonize Mars. Due to Mars' current lack of dense atmosphere and lack of oxygen (its found only as traces), I am setting the following plan: Bore holes through Mars' ...
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Population increase on a Colonized Mars [closed]

In my world, a second space race pushes humanity farther than it has ever gone before. Humanity has carved up to moon between superpowers (the U.S. and China) and second rate space powers (E.U., ...
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What would a Martian calendar look like?

On Earth, the mostly used calendar is the Gregorian calendar. This calendar has many issues though, just to list some: It is not perennial. Each year starts on a different day of the week and ...
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Economic reasons to put people on Mars?

I am working a hard science fiction story and I cannot come up with a really good reason to put people on Mars. I need people on Mars for the story to work, but there is no reason for them to be there....
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Humanity’s first effort at moving a planet

What technology will humanity use the first time it moves a planet? In the near-ish future, humanity has colonized Mars which has since become self-sustaining and independent, as well as various ...
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Project Noah: Blue Mars

Set in the 23rd Century, space tourism has matured. The scientists gathered at a summit to discuss plans for terraforming Mars, therefore the Mars colonists living inside a temporary biosphere will ...
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What would happen if the people on Mars evolve to become incompatible (can’t live on Earth )? [closed]

I was wondering if people who lived on Mars could eventually evolve to a state where they are unable to live normally in a human society on Earth? So, I continue, what would have changed? For instance ...
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If somehow Mars suddenly had our exact atmosphere, could there be lots of life in a few million years?

If somehow Mars suddenly had our exact atmosphere, could there be lots of life in a few million years? Would the temperature rise quickly? Would the ice caps melt? Could the life be as advanced as ...
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Is it possible to have a Earth-like planet with a red moon, similar to the color of Mars?

With Mars' color coming from the iron oxide, is it possible for such a small body without an atmosphere to support that color?
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Design me a Mars drone

In this question about a Mars battle set up in 2100-ish, we decided, that the best battle devices would be drones. In that setup the whole "drone" thing was hand-waved, but I would like to know if it ...
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If Mars contains coal, will it become a dominant source of energy?

In the year 2099 A.D, humans made a major discovery. There is a rich source of fossil fuel buried beneath layers of Martian soil. It is estimated that the coal deposit that was discovered could fill ...
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Natural subterranean cave formations on Mars

Is it possible that subterranean caves do/have existed on Mars? We know of the past existence of water on Mars. Which region (if any) of Mars would we likely find/expect to find a cave system below ...
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Making Mars bigger

An alien race, for reasons of their own, have decided that it's important to make the third and fourth planets in our solar system about the same size and mass. Since they have a strict moratorium on ...
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How can I get soil for my Martians?

We've created a series of mechanisms to terraform the temperature and atmosphere to be Earthlike. My geologists are screaming at me, because a lot of features are being rapidly eroded by the new ...
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How many nukes are needed to restart Mars' Core?

Whenever terraforming Mars comes up, the subject of its magnetosphere inevitably arises. When that happens, someone is bound to suggest using nukes to restart the core a la "The Core". ...
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How can I escape from a planet like Mars without any modern technological tools such as a rocket?

I wonder whether it is impossible. How can I be launched into space without using a rocket? If the planet has some super volcanoes, can a volcanic eruption be used to launch a vehicle into space? How ...
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Sandalphon: A Machine that Copied Gametes

Obligatory Premise In the year 2201, Diego OfeAde has been in control of Mars for 50 years. He has moved mankind into Valles Marineris and his aggressive population expansion program has seen the ...
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How to fly around the Martian thin layer of sky without burning holes in our pockets?

In the late 21st century C.E. total human population on the Martian soil reaches 5 millions with the majority inbred. They are scattered across the red planet living in football field sized domes and ...
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Will new born babies on Mars have any body changes?

So I was wondering if new born babies on Mars would have any body changes rather than new born babies in Earth. Example: Would the bone structure be different when they grow up?
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How would someone keep time on Mars?

I understand that a Sol is a Martian day, a little longer than a day on Earth (... 30 minutes I think?) and there are 24 months using the Darian calendar. So if people lived on Mars, what is a casual ...
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How Earth can defend herself in a future war with Mars? [closed]

The future. Parts of the solar system are colonized by outposts, but only Mars became a major industrial and economic center. The Martian stock exchange is the largest in the system and the space ...
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What would the effect be on Earth if Mars disappeared?

What would the effect on Earth be if Mars, in the space of one second, disappeared from the Solar System? Just simply was gone, leaving no residue, and leaving the space where it had been like it had ...
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Why would War Of The Worlds happen?

I've lately been looking at a lot of War of the Worlds remakes/spinoffs, like the 2005 film, the 2013 mockumentary The Great Martian War, and of course, the tabletop game All Quiet on the Martian ...
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What modifications to the human genome would need to occur to make Mars hospitable to humans?

In a futuristic setting hundreds of years into the future humankind has the ability to program the human genome to colonize other worlds. What changes would need to be made to the human genome to ...
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Could we give Mars Earth-like gravity using dark energy? [closed]

In the far future, humans are struggling with the idea of whether or not to use dark energy's repulsive-gravity capabilities to surround Mars in a sphere of it (regardless of how, let's assume they ...
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Would a fighter jet be able to go into orbit from Mars surface?

Says a F22 with full tank is trying to break through the thin layer of Martian atmosphere and almost moon like gravity(alright that's probably too exaggerated) anyway say there is a runway stretching ...
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Impracticalities of making a Vacuum Airship [duplicate]

In my world, a scientist and engineer by the name of Guan thinks of the practicality of a vacuum airship transport and possible pitfalls. What major Problems and Practicality issue might exist with ...
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How can lower gravity affect evolution? [closed]

I am thinking of evolution of human beings as a species. If we were to stablish a colony on, for example, Mars, how would the lower gravity affect future generations of humans living there? Is there ...