Mars: Making the New Earth

What does it take to terraform Mars and how do we do it? Mars: Making the New Earth takes a look at the scientific ways we could change the surface and atmosphere of Mars, in turn making it habitable for humanity.

Future population growth and demand for resources may require human colonization to colonize space and harvest the Solar System’s energy and material resources.

In many respects, Mars is the most Earth-like of all the other planets in the Solar System. It is thought that Mars had a more Earth-like environment early in its history, with a thicker atmosphere and abundant water that was lost over the course of hundreds of millions of years.

Due to some of these reasons, Mars would be an easier and better candidate to terraform compared to other planets orbiting our sun.

To figure out just how terraforming Mars is possible, the documentary invites an array of experts to show what can be done to change the future of the planet.

As a means to investigate it visually, the film animates an in-depth visualization of a Martian terraforming – changing it from a cold, dead planet into a living, breathing, world.

NASA scientist Chris McKay has spent 30 years exploring Mars and testing the limits of life in extreme environments on Earth. He has come to the conclusion that both living on mars and terraforming the planet can be achieved with our current technology.

As of 2019 it is however, still not economically, naturally and technologically feasible to terraform Mars.

Any climate change induced in the near term is proposed to be driven by greenhouse warming produced by an increase in atmospheric CO2 and a consequent increase in atmospheric water vapor, but Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm it.

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Mars: Making the New Earth
  • Info
  • Release date2009
  • Full runtime50 min
  • Narrated byLance Lewman
  • Directed byMark Davis
  • Produced byMDTV Productions
  • Produced forNational Geographic