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Moontanman
Post  Post subject: Could we hit mars with this comet?  |  Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:14 am
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As a dress rehearsal for deflecting a comet from Earth do we currently have the ability to affect the course of this comet so it actually hits Mars? It has a 1/2000 chance of hitting the red planet but it will pass very close for sure. Should we if we could? It could be the first step in terraforming Mars.



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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Could we hit mars with this comet?  |  Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:28 am
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would it really ? it could be like hitting a block of marble with a sledge hammer and hoping that you end up with the Venus of Milo

tbh we don't really know what it takes to successfully terraform a planet, and if we mess up with Mars, there's not many other candidates in the solar system

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Moontanman
Post  Post subject: Re: Could we hit mars with this comet?  |  Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:50 pm
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It has been proposed that comets are the best way to add volatiles to Mars, striking the planet with comets might seem extreme but in the long haul the effects would be negated i think...


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Moontanman
Post  Post subject: Re: Could we hit mars with this comet?  |  Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:44 am
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marnixR wrote:
would it really ? it could be like hitting a block of marble with a sledge hammer and hoping that you end up with the Venus of Milo

tbh we don't really know what it takes to successfully terraform a planet, and if we mess up with Mars, there's not many other candidates in the solar system



As a follow up to this, I do not think the sculpture analogy holds up, making mars more like earth is more like flooding a desert with water...


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