[extropy-chat] Re: MARS: Because it is hard
extropy at unreasonable.com
Wed Apr 14 23:50:41 UTC 2004
At least in The Case for Mars, Zubrin doesn't address the need for a
sustainable ecology in Mars-based agriculture. Has anyone considered this
in any detail?
How long before we can create organisms (plants, bacteria, insects)
suitable for seeding on Mars, whose metabolism produces a useful benefit in
extracting a resource or in terraforming?
Assuming we had such organisms today, what would be the best way to deploy
them? How expensive would it be for the craft to deploy a large number of
small entry vehicles, spread across the planet? How rapidly can an organism
cover Mars, given an effectively unlimited food supply? (I'm asking more
about how fast each moves, rather than how fast it reproduces.)
Of course either effort would dramatically alter whatever modest biosphere
may exist there now.
-- David Lubkin.
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