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NASA and DARPA to terraform Mars by sending genetically engineered organisms

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the US Defense Department on Monday stated that a program was designed for modifying living organisms into surviving ones on the planet Mars, genetically. DARPA engineers have plans of turning the cold and barren world into an environment that’s suitable for the survival of human life.nasa-darpa-mars-transformation

There were some past projects to colonize Mars in which robotic crafts were set for setting up bases that can be used later by scientists.

A spokesperson from DARPA stated that the process of terraforming the planet might be a very expensive and lengthy one. He further said:

“For the first time, we have the technological toolkit to transform not just hostile places here on Earth, but to go into space not just to visit, but to stay.”

They also have organisms that are genetically engineered. They would be shipped off to the red planet too. They will  be different from us and can survive some extreme temperatures, which might reach till minus 100 degrees, lack of liquid water, low gravitation as well as thin atmosphere. However, this doesn’t discourage the DARPA researchers. They stated that with algae and plants that are genetically modified, the planet can be warmed up and its hydrological system and atmosphere can be changed.

Terraformation does this as it modifies the harsh environment deliberately for allowing humans survive there. Additionally, it was stated by Ms. Jackson that DARPA can access ‘Google Maps of Genomes’ which has a large database of genetic material which is gathered from several living organisms that are found on the Earth. With this database, researchers can find a gene quickly and then combine with other genes, so that brand new life forms can be created that can survive n Martian landscape.

Before these organisms are sent to Mars, they would first be tested on Earth in such locations in which no humans can survive.

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9 comments

  1. How would we feel if some distant civilization vastly different from ours, were to send organisms to change Earth into something that would support their form of life?

    On the other hand, at the rate we are going, brutally killing each other in ever more inventive ways, we may need to "terraform" our planet to recover from the next egotistical destructive spasm.

  2. What could go wrong?

    Astronauts inadvertently bring the incredibly resistant organisms back to the mild environment of Earth, and…

  3. I have no problem with transforming Mars BUT… before we do we should be damn sure, I mean proof positive that there is no life there first. This almost certainly means a few maned missions before hand.

  4. I have no problem with transforming Mars BUT… before we do we should be damn sure, I mean proof positive that there is no life there first. This almost certainly means a few maned missions before hand.

  5. Who is writing this stuff? " He further said that for the first time they have to go to space for transforming it and staying there."

    This writing must be the result of either a computer algorithm or someone for whom English is not their first language–or maybe a combination of both!

    Can the generators of the this content really not afford someone who can read and write grammatically correct English?

  6. "Before these organisms are sent to Mars, they would first be tested on Earth in such locations in which no humans can survive." Can we assume that would be Washington DC?

  7. Well if Mars proves to have life then we'll worry about that then. Until such we are just wasting time arguing semantics; Earth has a glut of life which needs more room to maintain the lifesytle we have all grown accustomed to… let's get our eggs out of one basket and terraform where we need to the survival of the species may depend on it.

  8. Look man…We are a part of this world. We are not observers that just stand buy and watch how a planet lives it life. I think it is fair to say that its ok to terraform a planet to further your own cause.

  9. Irrelevant. Not only are there no organisms on Mars, if there were, the chance of them having neurochemical reactions (emotions) similar to ours is slim to none.
    As for terraforming Earth because of our "brutal and inventive killing", I don't even know where to get started on that comment. It's just stupid.

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