Post by Steve
What do you think of this idea...
Post by Steve
Nuke the crap out of Venus.
The resulting nuclear winter ought to be
able cool it down as the first stage in
a terraforming process.
Abian's back (almost)!
Forwarded from June 10, 1995 in reply to Abian.
Add to the list of applications and reasons for the venture
described there, that of developing the technologies & research to
prevent/roll-back the Dust bowl taking place on the fringe
of the Sahara and the one about to hit the fan in the US
heardland. Technologies: such as agricultural robotics
capable (via web-linkup and pattern-recognition detection,
soil sampling, etc.) of scheduling crop rotations, navigating,
planting as many as 100 different crops simultaneously throughout
spaces as small as an acre (as is done, for instance by the
people living at the base of Kilimonjaro; who maintain high
yield agriculture, no plowing, no fields, population density
of middle american suburbs nestled entirely within a forest).
See also, from The Fourth Wave (draft version):
From: Mark Hopkins (***@omnifest.uwm.edu)
Subject: Re: REORBITING VENUS -- SAHARA FIRST!
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In order to accomplish the remarkably and unprecedented feat of terraforming
an entire planet, humankind has first got to prove that it has the capacity,
will and resources to do the same on a much smaller scale. No big project,
no matter what the ambitions, involving things as large as a planet or moon
(e.g. going to the moon) is carried on without ample precedent.
In the case of terraforming Venus, or even Mars, we've got to prove
ourselves out on a more at-home case. The ideal candidate -- something
that would have immediate benefit for international relations if carried
out in conjunction by the international community, and something that will
serve to bring Africa back to life and prosperity -- is to TERRAFORM THE
This has only been a desert for a few thousand years, before which there
was lush grassland, rivers, lakes (only one of which is left). What's making
it become a larger and larger desert? How can it be stopped? Should it be
stopped? If it's reversed, what impact will this have on the Earth's climate?
Can this be used as a means to reverse the depletion of rainforests or even
to gain experience for the purpose of doing such in other places?
In addition to the benefits (international cooperation, revitalization)
cited above, the main benefit to be gained is in proving out and/or
developing new technologies to enable us to transform an environment (back)
to habitability on a huge scale -- the prerequisite to any terraforming
That is Test A. If humankind cannot come together to accomplish such a
project, which in comparison to terraforming an entire planet is a paltry
joke of a project, then forget the bigger project. If it can come together,
but we either find out that it's infeasible, dangerous, or simply too
difficult technologically then we find out here and now rather than on some
distant planet. Otherwise, good ideas will come forth.
As to physically moving Venus as a means to terraforming -- forget it.
No power in this end of the universe is going to allow the pitifully small
biological infestation on this Earth comprising the human race to physically
move an entire planet to a different orbit!
And even if it did, enough people have already seen Star Wars to know what
one could do with such power.