Planets and Moons  ID: 20282

Terraforming the Martian Atmosphere

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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Bailee DesRocher (USRA): Lead Animator
Michael Lentz (USRA): Artistic Director
Bruce Jakosky (LASP): Scientist
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Producer
Walt Feimer (KBRwyle): Support
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
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Mission:
MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN

Keywords:
SVS >> Carbon Dioxide
SVS >> Climate
SVS >> Mars
SVS >> MAVEN
SVS >> Earth-Mars Comparisons
SVS >> Greenhouse Gases
SVS >> Solar System >> Planets >> Mars >> Atmosphere
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Terraform
SVS >> Terraforming