Making New Homes Liveable: Terraforming for New Life

(Image Credit: Daein Ballard, Wiki Commons)

(Image Credit: Daein Ballard, Wiki Commons)

I don’t mean to always be lecturing or mocking the efforts of others, but, sometimes it’s simply too hard not to: take the idea of terraforming inside our Solar System...

Every week you, or rather we, get another news story in the press about Mars or the Moon and how someday it will be colonized by humans. Just last week, there was excitement around some so-called "caves" found 50KM deep into the moon, and that somehow we would hide in this chasm and eke out a colony there, in the dark, hidden, fearful like a pack of lunar moles, terribly homesick for the wide-open, green spaces of home…

Terraforming is a bit like those dull home improvement shows, in which a team of interior designers and a squad of “Bob the Builders” show up at someone’s depressing, run-down terraced house and recondition it into a state of habitation – only slowed down to take 1000 years or so.

It can take the shape of an engineering project on a planetary scale - say, changing the atmosphere and introducing its own greenhouse effect, or on a biological scale - introducing and developing an environmental system that supports organic life.

Geoengineering can take many forms, and while the alteration of a planet’s atmosphere is one parameter, the principles that grew from that argument focus on the introduction of genetically modified Terran bacteria that would, along with thermonuclear powered carbon decompressors (dilation), put in place a planetary scale engineered set of properties that would sustain life.

Alongside this, is the introduction of hydrogen in the decompressors to ensure regions of liquid water, and in turn, these would be introduced to complex organic molecules, all with regulated energy sources.

There is this infamous story doing the rounds throughout our organization, about a bar fight between a Seed Industries employee – who shall remain nameless - and a snot-nosed scholar, over the advancements of terraforming as a discipline, both as a science and as an industry.
And if you're wondering who won that battle, let's just say that the Seed Industries had the last laugh.

“Our eyes dilate as beauty captivates us; a loved one’s gaze, the practice of life, the blossoming of a Seed. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to experience true beauty, one must also contemplate the beholder.”

- Adam, Seed Industries