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Jim pondered the universe and found it to appear very large indeed
so large that the system closer to home appeared finite at last, and stretched to capacity. (But that is another story.)
Beyond Earth there is Mars and the other planets. All the notable literature indicates that this is where the
future is --- but it occurred to Jim that there is definitely something missing --- so he set about finding out what that was.
In comparison to Earth, Mars is remarkably similar, if a bit smaller and, well, barren! So that was it, mars needed some greenery.
A moment of thought on the latest scientific belief regarding the matter indicated that mars needed a good heavy bombardment. The incident material, of the bombardment, is thorium and or water rich Kuiper objects. The details are trivial given the gravitational potential
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||//nothing more// ... but a cloud of dust. (And a hearty hi-ho Silver!)
||So, the idea is to bombard mars (hardly original) with
kuiper belt objects (instead of the practically next door
asteroids) and this is somehow supposed to produce plant
||I think the idea is not so much to produce plant life, or
even life, so much as it is to produce a rudimentray
environment (moist, warm but not sizzling) into which
sustainable life can later be induced. The dust clouds
raised by such a bombardment will serve to contain a
thicker and cooler (albeit dirty) atmosphere, and will
probably produce weather patterns. Early on, if we slam
O2-rich objects into the planet hard enough and at just
the right angle, we might even produce an ozone layer.
||Mars is rather ripe for terraforming. Let's have at it.
||Perhaps a later bombardment with organic matter will provide areas for bacteria to survive...
||I understand that alot of good bacteria exists in animal waste so perhaps a truck load of that mixed in would be good.
||//Mars is rather ripe for terraforming. Let's have at
||bun for terraforming mars by hitting it with kuiper
belt objects, bone for being the six hundred
millionth person to do so.
||[Marked-for-deletion] Widely known to exist (in concept).