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Hi all,

This is a cool site I have been visiting for a while and now feel comfortable enough to post to. This is also a very interesting conversation. Here are a few thoughts I have had.

Problem: Lack of "hot" core for Mars.
Possible Solution: Ram a large asteroid into Mars.
Problem with solution: We have to wait a few hundred thousand to a million years for it to cool enough to let us visit it. That's a little outside the window of planning for the human race. :)

Problem: Lack of breathable, high density atmosphere
Possible Solution: Find a comet (or multiple comets) that is (are) high in Nitrogen, Oxygen and any other elements we might want and alter their trajectories so they slam into Mars.
Problem with solution: We may have to wait a few hundred years for the planet to be free of the dust cloud the impacts would cause.

Another solution: Genetically modify bacteria found on Earth to survive on Mars and produce bacteria.
Problem with solution: Takes a reaaaalllyyy long time to generate an atmosphere that way. :)

Problem: Mars Gravity is not that of Earth (approx. 1/3 of Earth's), which is a partial reason for the low atmosphere, so what effect will this have on the Human Species?
Possible Solution: The same solution to the hot core problem.
Problem with solution: Same time frame as the hot core problem.

Finally, here is an interesting site about Mars.
Heres another daft idea of how to create an ozone at least, the entire creation of a breathable atmosphere would just be through a bit of ice melting....

First collect as many old fridges and freezers as you can. Then pump all the coolants that contain CFC's into a container and place it onto a rocket.

Fire the rocket into space and to mars, when it reaches a decent distance where the gases are held by it's orbit, empt the container of coolant.

This in theory could create an Ozone layer (You just then have to fill below this level with other gases, like Hydrogen and Oxygen.

well it's one way of getting rid of any extra CFC's :D

Mars Engulfed
Credit: J. Bell (Cornell), M. Wolff (Space Science Inst.), Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA), NASA
For months now, Mars has been engulfed by a great dust storm, the biggest seen raging across the Red Planet in decades. As a result, these two Hubble Space Telescope storm watch images from late June and early September offer dramatically contrasting views of the martian surface. At left, the onset of smaller "seed" storms can be seen near the Hellas basin (lower right edge of Mars) and the northern polar cap. A similar surface view at right, taken over two months later, shows the fully developed extent of the obscuring global dust storm. The storm is reported to be waning, but planet-wide effects such as the warming of the upper martian atmosphere and cooling of the surface are still being monitored daily by instruments on board the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. The present condition of the martian atmosphere is also important to the aerobraking Mars Odyssey spacecraft, scheduled to arrive at the Red Planet next week.
I haven't read the whole thread (It's getting late over here), so sorry if I'm repeating anything

The two most interesting works I've found on the colonisation of Mars are the Mars Direct plan (published in New Scientist a while back, should still be able to search it out on the web site) and Kim Stanley Robinson's MARS's big, but <B>definitely</B> worth a read!

-Daniel (illuminati)
The sources you have mentioned have not been seen in this thread before, thank you for you input.
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