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For questions about the process of turning a barren space (such as a planet, moon, or asteroid) into a habitable one.

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How to survive in the Triassic period

Some pioneering humans get stranded on a planet which has exactly the same conditions as the earth in the Triassic period. They decide to stay and build a society/colony from scratch with the ...
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How to render Venus semi-habitable?

It must be very dark and hot on the surface of Venus, but my humans want to change that and make a Venusian colony. The problem? The extremely thick atmosphere would make it problematic to say the ...
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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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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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A planet made of trash?

Consider a scenario where there is an over-populated solar system (not necessarily our solar system). Several other rocky planets and moons in this solar system are inhabited by the same humanoid race,...
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How much does a 'good planet' cost? [closed]

If you had the technology, how much would an economically feasible, biosphere grade, sustainable habitat, environmentally acumen planet 'cost'? Doing a project comparison, these options are used to ...
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Terraforming for robots

Terraforming would not strictly be the appropriate term for the type of planetary modifications I am asking about. Say humanity develops advanced AI robots, who are then left alone in space (as ...
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How long would it take to terraform a lifeless but somewhat earthlike planet using bacteria, fungus, seeds and eggs?

What are realistic time-schedule expectations for far-future terraforming and developing earth-like plant and animal/fish/bird populations on distant planets, by means of robotic space probes with "...
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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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Would it be possible to terraform the moon?

I have a "simple" question that is the basis for an idea I'm developing: Is it possible to terraform the moon and, if so, what type of technology would be needed? I understand that this isn't the ...
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More terraformation or more travel? [closed]

Would it be better to terraform a closer planet with a lower Earth Similarity Index (ESI) or terraform a planet further away with a higher ESI? Two possible planets would be Gliese 832 c and Gliese ...
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Is it possible to cool down a volcanic planet?

Here, I asked if it's possible to terraform a hot planet. But now, if we have a volcanic active planet, can we use the same techniques to cool it down? Normally, the planet cool off slowly after its ...
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Is it possible to terraform a hot planet?

I want to make a hot planet habitable for mankind. It could be a planet in the habitable zone like Venus or outside of the zone like Mercury. These are just examples. Someone said here: Terraforming ...
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Terraforming a very cold planet?

One of the solution to make a cold planet habitable for us is to increase the greenhouse effect. It works with planets like Mars that are inside the habitable zone but would it be enough for a planet ...
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Terraforming a gas giant into an habitable planet

Is it possible (for humans)? My main concern was heavy gravity because they are much bigger and heavier. But it appears that in our system, the gas giants (but not Jupiter) all have a similar surface ...
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What would push a civilization to terraform a planet considering the complexity of this process?

Terraforming is the process of transforming a celestial body to become habitable by Earth-like life. Even when I try to imagine an advanced civilization, the cost, time and complexity to terraform a ...
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Settings formed by Uncontrolled Terraforming of Venus and Mars via Portals

If two circular portals of 2 meter (arbitrary) diameter were created allowing uninhibited flow between surface atmospheres of Venus and Mars, what would be the environmental effects on the two planets?...