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 (KBR Wyle Services, LLC): Support
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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