Earth’s Finished! Time to Build a Backup

This is satire. We’re not like the Magrathean designer world – builders in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Nowhere as advanced – But maybe it’s time to look to Mars, Europa, Titan, Enceladus to continue our journey in case something renders Earth completely uninhabitable. The only drawbacks are :

The lack of a magnetosphere on Mars to shield would – be colonists from radiation. They’d have to live beneath domed complexes or under the Martian surfaces or within crater walls. It would be a monstrous task terra – forming a planet sans magnetosphere.

Europa – Possible ocean beneath the ice, but otherwise non Earth – like.

Titan – Resembles Earth with a primordial ocean – of methane.

Enceladus – Icy, possible tenuous atmosphere

We could still live on these worlds, but not without transplanting oxygen – generating flora, possibly for use as a food source. Vegetarianism would likely be a lifestyle beyond Earth. Or production of a product like Soylent Green. 🙂

Terraforming these worlds would be dicey for the immediate future. & forget Venus. It would be hard to live on, much less terraform, a giant ball of lava covered by layers of carbon dioxide. Mercury, MAYBE.

It’s too bad there’s no DIY for creating an Earth 2. We should try to protect & properly maintain this one until there’s no choice but to leave.Featured Image -- 665

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Is it too late for the Earth as we’ve known it? Maybe it’s time to start thinking of building an Earth 2.0, suggests satirist Jon Methven.

Source: Earth’s Finished! Time to Build a Backup

Nine Real NASA Technologies in ‘The Martian’

This is an interesting article even though I haven’t seen the movie ( DVD released today ). Mars has been touted as being the most Earthlike planet in our solar system, & I’ve heard claims that it could be terra – formed within a 50 year time span ( But 1st you need a better, stronger magnetosphere to keep radiation from reducing your effort to dry, desiccated, rusty ruin with oxygen & H2O molecules dismantled ). I think humankind’s 1st viable colonies will be underground & under domes for many centuries.

& I think the plan to send ” Martian colonists ” is a potentially suicidal pipe – dream, UNLESS the companies funding the exploration send unmanned craft with building supplies, food, equipment as the bare bones of a settlement 1st. Otherwise, like I said, it’s nothing except a badly thought – out, ill – executed, suicidal pipe – dream.

But trips to Mars have been a dream of humanity’s ever since humanity began to dream of life on other worlds, then among the stars. Hopefully we’ll realize it, & not repeat the same mistakes we have on Earth.

In memory of David Bowie, Major Tom, aka ” Ziggy Stardust “. I hope your spaceship safely found its way to its destination. This is Ground Control…..

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Andy Weir’s “The Martian” tells the story of Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars. He must improvise and innovate to survive. NASA is already working on some of the technologies he uses to try to stay alive.

Source: Nine Real NASA Technologies in ‘The Martian’