Terraforming - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Space Sciences

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The Restoration of Mars

Mars can be made suitable for life by changing its climate; there is no need to alter its distance from the Sun, its rotation rate, or the tilt of its axis. Exploration of Mars indicates that it already has enough carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water to build a biosphere. The challenge is to warm the planet and release those compounds. Mars is the only one of the inner planets that can be made habitable simply by changing its climate. It is not possible to move Venus or make it spin faster or to add an atmosphere to Mercury or the Moon to make them habitable. Mars is the only practical target for near-term terraforming.

The Habitability of Mars and Earth

In considering the possibility of restoring habitable conditions to Mars, it is important to define that term. The basic approach to this question is to...

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