What is Mars to you? Is it a place of possible origins, from which panspermia-vaulted samples of ancient life launched themselves toward the Earth? Perhaps it still hides fragments of this primordial spark, axenic and unchanged in some warm, wet oubliette far beneath the barren surface. If so, then the Red Planet is surely worthy of our study, protection and respect. Or do you see Mars as lifeless wasteland of once or never was? Might we even have an ethical obligation to recreate the world in Earth's image?
Yep, those are two extremes in the terrafomring debate of Red Mars vs. Green Mars. In the latest episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind Podcast, Julie and I will attempt to walk the middle path between the two factions and explore some of the science behind terraforming and just how ethics play into the question. And if you're looking for some of the STBYM and Discovery blog posts referenced in the article, here they are: