Mars Makeover

It sounds far fetched even for the plot of a sci-fi film.

NASA scientists have proposed a radical idea to launch a magnetic field around Mars, with hopes it could protect the red planet from intense solar wind and allow humans to explore alongside rovers.

Jim Green, NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director, revealed the idea today at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop in Washington DC.


About 80-90 percent of Mars’ atmosphere has been stripped away by solar wind, according to Jim Green, NASA’s Planetary Science Division Director.

The planet loses about 1.3 kilograms per second of ‘important oxygen.’

The rest is made up of:

Carbon dioxide: 95.9%

Argon: 2.0%

Nitrogen: 1.9%

Oxygen: 0.14%

Carbon monoxide: 0.06%

The proposed plan would put Mars inside a protected ‘magnetotail,’ which would help it to rebuild the atmosphere that has been stripped from it by an influx of solar particles.


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Nice idea and i do love science so far out it trips on science fiction … but that field would have to be immense. Not necessarily strong, but IMMENSE. How would they power it? We’re talking nuclear power plant levels out of output.