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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Can wind power run heavy weapon factories on Mars?

One thing that has always bothered me in robot-controlled AI stories is that there is always the assumption that the AI would choose to fight a conflict against humans on Earth, where humans dominate, ...
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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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Underground life on Mars

Simply put: Given the current state of Mars, how plausible is it that any intelligent life would be several miles below ground? I do not have any other requirements for such a race, I'm just asking ...
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Reactions of scientists on Mars quick transformation

Inspired by this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/32798/2071 God of the Bible exists and because He works in mysterious ways, He decided to prove his presence, by terraforming Mars,...
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If Venus mission finds life, will we shift our attention from Mars to Venus?

Guilty pleasure: I just returned from one tinfoil-hat type of internet pages which suggests that we are being visited by Aliens who live on Venus. The fact, that we have only pictures from the ground ...
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What is the most effective way to build road on Mars and Moon?

It is simply a matter of time before human colonized our natural satellite and the red planet, so how to lay roads that is similar to ours on lunar and Martian soil? (For now suppose we are planning ...
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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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Shielding Mars from the Solar Wind

It's well known that Mars has a very weak atmosphere as a result of billions of years of solar wind bombardment. Mars lacks a sufficiently large magnetic core to generate a magnetosphere strong ...
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Martian Terraformation [closed]

This have already been answered in several questions. See the comments for details. I wonder what would it would take to bring Mars back to life. I've done some Googling and haven't found anybody ...
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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 can future Mars colonists combat intelligence loss?

Earth is more massive than Mars, so people on Martian soil would definitely suffer some health issues due to weaker gravity. Blood circulation is badly affected as heart muscles starts to deteriorate; ...
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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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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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We burst their bubble. Now what? [closed]

This question continues story of one ESA vs NASA battle on Mars. I tried to put everything important into this question. Also, being from Europe, I took ESA side as the one winning: Year: 2100ish ...
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Brick and Mortar in Space

If there's one thing that solid celestial bodies have, it's dust. Dust plus water is mud. Mud plus heat is brick (and recoverable water vapor). The heat can come from a reflective solar array. Easy, ...
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What is the best practice for (alien) archaeology?

We're a lovely, ethical, near-future population of Earthlings, and prepared to begin terraforming Mars (yes, I went there: set it aside). We have just stumbled on remnants of an alien civilization ...
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Would vegetation-like decorations help to alleviate homesickness on a Lunar or Mars colony?

The sterile and unchanging landscape of the Martian global desert could become tiresome for any Martian colonialist. Terraforming has been proposed but seems undoable for a long time to come. So what ...
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Can I trigger an "ancient device" to start the process of terraforming Mars?

Let's say that an advanced civilisation once existed on Mars millions of years ago at a time when water existed in liquid form and that life was abundant on the planet. (Say this civilisation is a ...
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How can my skeleton be preserved *and* easily found by my Mars Rover

In my story, I would like to have a contemporary Mars Rover find not only evidence, but a mostly complete skeleton of a homo sapiens that perished around 50,000 years ago when it was exposed to the ...
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Martian minerals

What minerals can we find in martian soil? Or what rare minerals can we find on our planet and can be placed beneath Mars? How deep, how much, and most important: how precious. I really appreciate ...
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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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Artificial magnetic field generator for Mars [duplicate]

Following the question asked here : Artificial volcanos on Mars to recover its atmosphere Would it be too hard to create an artificial magnetic field around Mars ? Place a coil on each of the ...

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