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#1 Calvary

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 10:49 AM

Discuss!

 

Will we all be over-run by towering tripods in months? Do we now have to jettison from this planet and seek shelter in a barren Martian canal? Will Steven Hawking be propositioned for the role as the next Martian Rover to explore for surface water?


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 11:35 AM

We just need to send some oil riggers out there and see if they can tap into it. >.>

 

This is a pretty amazing thing though. Not only does it increase the potential for life, it would make colonizing Mars much easier. 


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 12:34 PM

Here's the thread of discussion on reddit with quite a few links in it.

https://www.reddit.c...d_nasa_reports/



 

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 12:55 PM

We just need to send some oil riggers out there and see if they can tap into it. >.>

 

This is a pretty amazing thing though. Not only does it increase the potential for life, it would make colonizing Mars much easier. 

 

Now we just need a solution to the abundance of perchlorate, deadly ionising radiation and lack of magnetosphere.  :lol:


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 01:59 PM

It should be easy enough to distill the perchlorate out. The radiation is a harder issue. >.>


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:43 PM

How do you remove perchlorate from the planet when 5% of Martian soil is perchlorate? That being said, Elon Tusk has plans....


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 03:55 PM

If we could get some plant life there, like a designer fungus or something, we could theoretically create an oxygen rich atmosphere on Mars if given enough time.

I'm sure we could manage creating an algae or fungus that lives off minimal water and creates oxygen as a byproduct of existing.

It would just be super slow.


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Posted 28 September 2015 - 04:29 PM

I just meant from the water. >.>

 

But yeah, like Affray said, we do bioenginiered fungus and microbs for all sorts of industrial cleanup, I'm sure we can start shipping some to mars. 


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 04:28 AM

As soon as I saw that NASA had a "big announcement" I knew it was going to be water. It's been long theorised that Mars had water and long suspected if such is the case there would be remnants. Yay they confirmed it... I keep thinking it's not that big of a thing really...

 

If we could get some plant life there, like a designer fungus or something, we could theoretically create an oxygen rich atmosphere on Mars if given enough time.

I'm sure we could manage creating an algae or fungus that lives off minimal water and creates oxygen as a byproduct of existing.

It would just be super slow.

 

A protozoa that contains chlorophyll and produces a rich oxygen by product is more likely... I'm sure they're either searching for one, or there's one being genetically engineered.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 04:53 AM

Unless an outside source takes over I don't see how NASA will be able to fund this. Our government already wants to cut NASA's budget even further. I think this discovery is great news for the future of space exploration. This gives a much better excuse for a manned mission to Mars and further study of the surface. 



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 12:49 AM

As soon as I saw that NASA had a "big announcement" I knew it was going to be water. It's been long theorised that Mars had water and long suspected if such is the case there would be remnants. Yay they confirmed it... I keep thinking it's not that big of a thing really...

 

 

A protozoa that contains chlorophyll and produces a rich oxygen by product is more likely... I'm sure they're either searching for one, or there's one being genetically engineered.

 

With Mars receiving 2.25 times less sunlight than the Earth, chlorophyll seems a bit redundant in an initial space colonisation concept. Your best bet would be to genetically modify existing proteobacteria which have the latent property of being able to break down perchlorate and convert it into oxygen, to be resistant to harmful solar radiation. There are bacteria that do this via breaking down CIO4- into CIO2-, and from there CI- and O2.


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Posted 08 March 2016 - 06:41 AM

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Posted 08 March 2016 - 06:46 AM

He just wanted to talk about water too. 


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