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The linked comet apparently already has a 1/600 chance of
hitting Mars. That would likely be one hell of a show.
Help it along, learning about course correction of comets in
the process, so one day you will perhaps use that knowledge
to save Earth -- and speed the hell out of terraforming Mars
in the process.
At the very least, seems like we should send something along
for the ride.
Mars Comet Flyby
[theircompetitor, Mar 06 2013]
wikipedia on terraforming Mars
[xaviergisz, Mar 06 2013]
||The title implied a proposal to liquify Mars. I am sorely
||I guess it really should have been irrigation. Or
||What [Ao] said, but spelled correctly.
||I'm only not MFD'ing this because its referring to a
specific comet. The concept of bombarding Mars
with comets to provide liquid water and a thicker
atmosphere is widely known.
||If there were enough cometary impacts in quick succession then the shock waves of inmpact could possibly liquefy the rock?
||Either that or use an ultrasonic comet.
||MechE -- point taken -- however, given the closeness
of this one, this is something that could be more
than a sophomoric discussion by a Nasa watercooler -
- hell, if it's bullseye they really should have had
something there for the ride (i.e. chasing it)