Mars climate engineering using orbiting solar reflectors

Colin R. McInnes, Viorel Badescu (Editor)

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Abstract

The manned mission is seen as a first step towards a Mars surface exploration base-station and, later, establishing permanent settlement. The location and use of Mars's natural resources is vital to enable cost-effective long-duration human exploration and exploitation missions as well as subsequent human colonization. Planet resources include various crust-lodged materials, a low-pressure natural atmosphere, assorted forms of utilizable energy, lower gravity than Earth's, and ground placement advantages relative to human operability and living standards. Power resources may include using solar and wind energy, importation of nuclear reactors and the harvesting of geothermal potential. In fact, a new branch of human civilization could be established permanently on Mars in the next century. But, meantime, an inventory and proper social assessment of Mars's prospective energy and material resources is required. This book investigates the possibilities and limitations of various systems supplying manned bases on Mars with energy and other vital resources. The book collects together recent proposals and innovative options and solutions. It is a useful source of condensed information for specialists involved in current and impending Mars-related activities and a good starting point for young researchers.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationMars
Subtitle of host publicationProspective Energy and Material Resources
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages645-659
Number of pages15
EditionPart 25
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-03628-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2010

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • Mars climate change
  • orbiting solar reflectors

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McInnes, C. R., & Badescu, V. (Ed.) (2010). Mars climate engineering using orbiting solar reflectors. In Mars: Prospective Energy and Material Resources (Part 25 ed., pp. 645-659). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03629-3
McInnes, Colin R. ; Badescu, Viorel (Editor). / Mars climate engineering using orbiting solar reflectors. Mars: Prospective Energy and Material Resources. Part 25. ed. Springer-Verlag, 2010. pp. 645-659
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Mars: Prospective Energy and Material Resources. Part 25. ed. Springer-Verlag, 2010. p. 645-659.

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