Terraforming the Martian Atmosphere

  • Released Monday, July 30th, 2018
  • Updated Thursday, November 9th, 2023 at 12:29PM
  • ID: 20282

One of the challenges of terraforming Mars is to increase its atmospheric pressure, which is currently less than 1% that of Earth. The Martian polar caps, minerals, and soil could all provide sources of carbon dioxide and water to thicken the atmosphere. Unfortunately, a new study by the MAVEN science team finds that processing all sources available on Mars would only increase the pressure to about 7% that of Earth, far short of what is needed.

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