Scientists propose man-made magnetic field for Mars

  • Scientists propose man-made magnetic field for Mars

Scientists propose man-made magnetic field for Mars

Doing so would thus help protect early human settlers on Mars from the harsh radiation and vaccum of space.

Image Credit: Jim Green / NASA / USRA (screenshot)Will NASA go ahead and place the magnetic shield at L1? Held last February 27 to March 1 at NASA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., one of the most notable presentations came from Dr. James Green - NASA's Planetary Science Division Director. "The thin atmosphere both prevents liquid water from residing permanently on its surface and makes it hard to land missions since it is not thick enough to completely facilitate a soft landing", the presentation explained.

The colonization of the Red Planet may be one step closer to reality today, after NASA scientists proposed the creation of a magnetic field around Mars that could potentially make the planet habitable for future human generations.

The Magnetotail refers to the wide elongated extension of the earth's magnetosphere on the side facing away from the Sun.

Mr Green said: "This situation then eliminates numerous solar wind erosion processes that occur with the planet's ionosphere and upper atmosphere allowing the Martian atmosphere to grow in pressure and temperature over time".

Technically the magnetic shield will comprise a huge dipole functioning as a closed electric circuit for generating the artificial magnetic field. Much like Earth, an enhanced atmosphere would: "allow larger landed mass of equipment to the surface, shield against most cosmic and solar particle radiation, extend the ability for oxygen extraction, and provide "open air" greenhouses to exist for plant production, just to name a few".

USA space agency NASA has an innovative project that it is mulling over to make Mars habitable and it involves a giant magnetic shield. Frozen CO2 at Mars's polar ice caps would turn into gas, the greenhouse effect would start to fill Mars's atmosphere to heat the planet, and ice under the poles would melt and flood the world with liquid water. New emerging research is making creating artificial magnetosphere for protecting humans and spacecraft possible, which has lead Nasa scientists to believe that this "fanciful" plan is in fact, technically feasible.

The Nasa scientist added: "Perhaps one-seventh of the ancient ocean could return to Mars". The shield would allow Mars to slowly restore its atmosphere.

What about projected results from the magnetic field?

The lab simulations of NASA scientists have suggested that inflatable structures could be used "that would create the mini-magnetosphere you'd need for this to work". That, of course, includes Mars and for humans to be able to explore Mars...we need a better environment. Further studies are needed for the NASA researchers to have an idea how long it would take for the climate of Mars to be altered by such a proposed giant magnetic shield.