New Images Show a “Living” Mars

Over the years, scientists have found evidence revealing that an ocean may have covered parts of the Red Planet billions of years ago. Others suggest that a future terraformed Mars could be lush with oceans and vegetation. In either scenario, what would Mars look like as a planet alive with water and life? By combining … » 1/03/13 8:00am 1/03/13 8:00am

Should we terraform Venus first?

As a future terraforming species, we take it for granted that Mars will be our first megaproject. But while transforming the Red Planet into something more hospitable for life seems the most logical — if not easiest — first step towards colonizing the solar system, it may actually make more sense to tackle our sister… » 10/11/12 9:00am 10/11/12 9:00am

How a Simple Glass Case Terraformed the Entire World

If you walk by even the simplest garden, you'll see plants that were transported there from other continents. If you walk by a field or an orchard, you'll definitely see foreign plants brought close to help people survive or just enjoy themselves. It seems simple now, but the ability to do this easily changed nearly… » 9/14/12 1:01pm 9/14/12 1:01pm

How We Will Terraform Mars

NASA's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, is currently its way to Mars, on a mission to explore whether life could exist there. If we're going to colonize Mars — and some scientists say we must — it's likely that we'll start by terraforming. Terraforming, or planetary engineering, is the process of altering the climate of… » 12/19/11 1:35pm 12/19/11 1:35pm

Terraforming Earth, Pt. 3: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

We've seen how things can go awry when we tinker with our planet, but geology is fairly resistant to short-term change. When we screw with ecosystems, however, the chain of effects can be long and extremely unpredictable. » 10/01/10 3:47pm 10/01/10 3:47pm