Mexican volcano is test bed for trees on Mars
Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:36PM EDT
By Catherine Bremer
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Scientists are using the pine-forested slopes of a Mexican volcano as a test bed to see if trees could grow on a heated-up Mars, part of a vision of making the chilly and barren red planet habitable for humans one day.
Read about it here.
This is exciting. We will, of course, have to come up with a three ton diamond to trade to the Martian natives, but it will be worth it.
Seriously, I know that I’ll never see a Terra-formed Mars in my lifetime, but the idea gives me hope. The first question that comes to mind is: Is it possible to take some of our excess CO2 and pump it into Mars’ atmosphere? This may be wishful thinking, but, hey, if it wasn’t for wishful thinking we wouldn’t even be looking at Mars as a home for humans.