Re: Fish in Space

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Sun Jan 07 2001 - 07:02:08 MST

Doug Jones wrote:

> "Ross A. Finlayson" wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > On Mars, it is cold because it is farther from the Sun, and gravity is
> > less. There is not enough air to breathe. There might be large
> > quantities of water. It does not have geodetic activity like the Earth.
> >
> > On Earth, we have kudzu, an example of a plant that grows using runners
> > across the ground to stop erosion. On Mars, if there was liquid water
> > on the surface, then we could seed Mars with Earth life.
> >
> > Some plants and animals on Earth live in desert-like conditions, where
> > the weather does not have to be good to support Earth life. For
> > example, some fish can live for years without water and perhaps air,
> > basically.
> >
> > So, there could be bears on Mars, first. It would take a long time, but
> > the atmosphere could be seeded by engines that released the correct
> > proportion of atmospheric gasses into the environment, unlike current
> > engines.
> >
> > Ross
> What the heck are you smoking? And where can I get some? ;)
> --
> Doug Jones
> Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

Actually, sadly enough, I currently have a lit cigarette in my hand. You can
get the brand at the store.

So, about terraforming Mars, part of that is establishing an ecosystem if one
does not exist, and one wouldn't spontaneously develop given other
terraforming environmental changes.

Unlike Venus, Mars doesn't have a toxic atmosphere and regular temperatures
above 100 centigrade. Perhaps Venus is a better terraforming target, except
for the temperature, because it has an existing thick atmosphere of chemicals
to convert into an approximation of Earth atmosphere. On Mars, on the other
hand, it would be easier to have companion human settlements to large scale
environmental engineering. These two solar satellites are considered for
their proximity and for having a solid carbonate or metallic body.

So, if we can get enough of what Jones is requesting to him and the other
rocket scientists, then maybe we can imagine and get built cheap reusable
(sustainable) lift technology. ;)


Ross Andrew Finlayson
Finlayson Consulting
Ross at Tiki-Lounge:
"The best mathematician in the world is Maplev in Ontario."  - Pertti L.

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