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Magnetizing Mars

1. Build giant ribbon wires made of thousands of small wires, each with a thin coating of a high-temperature superconductor.

2. Send thousands of these ribbon wires to mars and connect them in a ring around the equator.

3. On one of the linkages, connect the conductors 1 off so there is one free conductor on each side, creating a superconducting spiral around the planet.

4. Connect a DC generator to these 2 free conductors

5. Continuously spin the generator using various sources of electricity, over time it should build up a magnetic field in the planet's iron core until it is enough to sustain an atmosphere.

The ribbon wires would need heat sinks to come out at night and mirrors to cover them at day in order to remain below the critical temp.

Does anyone else think this would work? (I'm not saying its feasible now but possibly in a few thousand years)

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    Aug 6 2013: Why would we want to do this?
    • Aug 7 2013: To increase the length of time life lasts. If all life on one of the planets is destroyed, it could be repopulated by the other planet. It is unlikely that all life on both planets would be destroyed at the same time if they were completely independent from each other.
    • Aug 7 2013: Also, there would be many other benefits here from the colonization of mars. New technologies and increased thought and innovation could transform our way of life. Technologies developed to overcome challenges are used for the good of all humanity. If we choose not to explore, all of life will go extinct.
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        Aug 7 2013: I'm confident that we won't be colonizing Mars. There's nothing on Mars that's not available to us in space itself. I highly recommend reading 'The High Frontier' by Gerard K. O'Neill and 'Mining the Sky' by John S. Lewis.

        Why colonize planets when we can colonize space itself? Once we've escaped the gravity well of Earth, there's no reason for us to settle into another one. All the resources we need are already in space: water and all the volatile gasses (comets), metals and hydrocarbons (asteroids), and unlimited power from the sun.

        Instead of colonizing planets, rather we will build space habitats such as Bernal spheres, Stanford tori, and/or O'Neill cylinders:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_torus
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernal_sphere
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_cylinder
        • Aug 8 2013: why not do both? also if we inhabit more planets and something makes people go extinct or causes all of our technology to fail, life is likely to survive on earth and terraformed planets, not of space stations that rely on materials they have to fly to. All of the resources needed for life exist on mars. People could also build the structures you mentioned but they could not be as long lasting or adaptable as the biosphere of an entire planet.

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