The future of the Human Species - Part 3: How do we engineer an Earth-like environment?

Written by K.A.Cassimally

The process of making an unearthly world more earth-like forrepparttar purpose of supporting human life is called teraforming - Steven Wintergerst.

Teraforming Mars isrepparttar 127655 only way we, humans can live and reproduce thus starting all over again onrepparttar 127656 red planet. As stated above, teraforming transforms any world unlike Earth into an inhabitable place for humans. Of course we cannot convert another planet, Mars for example, 100% into Earth. However Mars must resemble Earth inrepparttar 127657 following aspects: 1.Thickenrepparttar 127658 small existing atmosphere and make it compriserepparttar 127659 important gases required for life, in their needed volume. 2.A new magnetosphere should be set up. A magnetosphere will protect inhabitants and every other object on Mars from being beamed with cosmic rays from outer space. All lives are in danger of being destroyed by cosmic rays as they may destroy DNA bonds of common life. 3.Makerepparttar 127660 temperature more or less similar to that of Earth. As you know, Mars is colder than Earth asrepparttar 127661 red planet is further away fromrepparttar 127662 sun that Earth is.

Some issues however cannot be changed. The main ones are: 1.Gravity of Mars is much lower than that of Earth. If ever humans settle there, they will have to cope with this. They will use much less effort to move about on Mars. But they will then be condemned to stay there unless they exercise regularly. This is simply because their muscles will become weaker and weaker and smaller and smaller in size. These muscles will not be able to cope withrepparttar 127663 much larger effort needed to walk on Earth. 2.Mars is dead. They are no forests nor any bush. In fact there are no greens. Mars is forced to remain as this unless we re-melt its core (that’s a joke byrepparttar 127664 way).

As written above, Mars has a small atmosphere and it should be prevented from completely vaporizing off. One proposed strategy to preventrepparttar 127665 vaporization is to put satellites around Mars but only just outsiderepparttar 127666 planet’s orbit. Whenrepparttar 127667 satellites fly nearrepparttar 127668 atmosphere, they will pullrepparttar 127669 thin atmosphere. Whenrepparttar 127670 same satellites following their own orbit go further away from Mars,repparttar 127671 atmosphere will fall closer torepparttar 127672 planet thanks to Mars’s gravity. The latter has pulled its atmosphere back down. When this process is done over and over again,repparttar 127673 Martian atmosphere will thicken.

Another problem is a magnetosphere. A magnetosphere is a region of space surrounding in this case, Mars. The magnetosphere is thus dominated byrepparttar 127674 object's magnetic field so that charged particles (found in cosmic rays) are trapped in it. Mars doesn’t have any such protection and we should try to set one up. Because I don’t have any extremely good ideas about how to solve this problem, what I am going to say may seem like science fiction but who knows… How about installing giant electromagnets in strategic places of Mars? These will act as a big magnet and this is exactly whatrepparttar 127675 magnetosphere is.

I saw a(n) UFO!

Written by K.A.Cassimally

It all happened atrepparttar beach, few months ago. My uncles, my dad and myself were in a conversation, which quite amazingly resulted in talking about Mars. Beingrepparttar 127654 family’s astronomy expert, I pointed torepparttar 127655 red dot inrepparttar 127656 sky. My uncles looked up and laughed afterwards.

“Just because we’re nuts in astronomy, doesn’t mean we are idiots!”

Well they were idiots in this particular case. Mars was truly there; up inrepparttar 127657 night sky. The second time I tilted my head 75o backwards however, I saw a faint spot of light moving from right to left. I realised thatrepparttar 127658 object must be some gigameters away and yet it was moving extremely fast. Within 15 seconds, it had passed out of sight! I thought that I wasrepparttar 127659 only one who sawrepparttar 127660 white little dot sprinting but no! Dad had seen it too and this was proof (to me) that I was not ‘night’ dreaming (unless he was too).

I could’ve written major article about that sighting: UFO sighting in Mauritius. I could’ve phoned or emailed or faxed (or any other communication tool you know-ed)repparttar 127661 CIA, NASA and SETI. But I didn’t. Although I believe in extraterrestrial life, I find it tough to have faith in ‘flying saucers’.

Nevertheless, I connected torepparttar 127662 internet (my bill usually approachrepparttar 127663 $37 mark per month) and searched for UFO on I came up with different results namely an article entitled ‘The UFO Phenomenon’. It is in this article that I learnt what exactly was a UFO besides being an acronym for Unidentified Flying Object. But how do we know that what we have just seen is a UFO?

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