December 31, 2007-There is a strange door-like structure at the base of the mountain formation from a NASA image of Mars that is causing a stir. The first person to notice it wasn’t a NASA scientist, however, but rather a Russian reader of the portal R&D.Cnews, Alexander Novgorodov. Taking a closer look at an image taken by the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, he noticed an unusual morphology, which looks strikingly like a manmade doorway.
Of course, the object’s intriguing form does not denote the presence of a real doorway, nor would it imply that the mountain formation is of artificial origin. That would make an incredible story indeed, but the likely cause is boring old weather erosion. However, the peculiarities are of interest due to their unique morphology.
The unusual teardrop mountain formation, which likely resulted from some sort of weathering, is located amid Mars’ frozen ocean region.
A planet of extremes, Mars is home to the largest mountain in the solar system, the largest canyon in the solar system and intensely severe dust storms. It is also home to the only other likely option for humans to live within our Solar System.
According to astrophysicist Charlie Lineweaver of Australian National University, “ever since the first telescope was invented and we learnt that there are other worlds out there, people have dreamed of going to them. Of course we now know that Mars is the only other planet in the solar system you’d want to set foot on.”
Physicist Rod Boswell says getting people there isn’t the real problem. “There is no doubt you could get people to Mars. Whether you get them back again is a debatable point.”
But some argue that Mars could someday be humankind’s second home. But if there is ever going to be a real doorway on mars, we’ve got to figure out how to make Mars more hospitable. Many believe terraforming is the answer, and introducing plants that would create more oxygen that we humans love, would be a start.
“They’ve done some experiments and have noticed that some types of plants can grow under the low pressure CO2 atmosphere on Mars,” Lineweaver noted.
Terraforming is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying another planet or moon’s atmosphere, temperature, and/or ecology to be similar to those of Earth in order to make it habitable by humans. Although it would be an enormous challenge—if possible at all—many experts believe it is possible. Mars is considered by most to be the most likely candidate for terraformation. Already, a significant amount of study and discussion has gone into the possibility of heating the planet and altering its atmosphere, including NASA hosted debates on the subject.
Posted by Rebecca Sato
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