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Take aim at Mars
May 28, 2012
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If there really is enough water ice on Mars to cover the surface in 11m of water, How much power would it take to melt enough of it to have an effect on mars? And would melting the Martian ice cap to any degree be beneficial to a colony? I heard water can be used as a shield so any thoughts on this?

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June 1, 2012
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This merits investigation.

However, there is a problem; the thin Martian atmosphere.

As of now, it does not provide enough pressure to keep water from boiling off at low temperature.

First, we would need to thicken the atmosphere. Then, we can try and melt water.

Water does act as a shield, but only if it's between you and the radiation source.
Simply having it on the surface of the planet won't do.
If you want to use water as a shield, you'd either want to have blocks of ice surrounding your base (or have it built inside the ice), tanks of water surrounding your base, or have your base under water.

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June 2, 2012
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Well the whole terraforming mars issue is going to be problematic .. first scientists are going to through a fit … we havent even fully explored earth.. terraforming would completely remove any possibility of finding some sort of life on mars.. i would say befor terraforming mars we would have to have at least 100 years of exploration on it.. every nook an cranny inspected..
life exists in places here on earth that we at first said it could not exist then find life thriving there.. same can be for mars so befor terraforming it we gota make sure we arent missing something.
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But .. the laser i agree would be insufficient and even if it was.. would be a waist of energy ..just like making those metal spheres out of asteriods with it..

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