Terraforming may be a term that is familiar to those who are avid fans of science fiction, but it may not be as far off as people assume. As a general definition, terraforming is the ability to create a habitable environment in a place where there is currently no ability to have an Earth-like environment.
The place most often associated with terraforming is Mars. There is no clear path to terraforming at this time, but innovations have been suggested and may be possible sometime in the distant future. Technology and innovative ideas by entrepreneurs in the Spacetech field at EcoTech Visions may open up this technology to provide guidelines and ideas on how to accomplish this goal at a future time.
A very important difference between Earth and Mars, especially when it comes to terraforming, is the lack of atmospheric pressure on the planet. Even with the ability to access the carbon dioxide on the surface of Mars, there is still less than 90% of the atmospheric pressure on Earth.
Discovering new technologies to manage and produce carbon dioxide on the planet will be essential in the future. Greater ability to actually understand the makeup of Mars, specifically deep deposits of minerals, will require additional technological advances in unmanned spacecraft. This is an innovation that is required to more accurately assess the current options for creating CO2 on the planet itself.
Understanding of Earth’s Origins
Using technology to understand how the Earth itself was formed and how life evolved on the planet is another technology that is slowly developing. Being able to understand the development of the atmosphere and life on this planet will, according to researchers, help in developing ways to repeat this on other planets.
This is a fascinating area of study and one that the Spacetech focus at EcoTech Visions is ideally suited to support.