42. Bruce Jakosky: Terraforming Mars / Into the MAVEN Mission

Our conversation is centered around terraforming Mars and what the MAVEN mission is. 

Bruce takes us through what an atmosphere is, what the MAVEN mission has revealed about Mars’s atmosphere thus far, and whether or not terraforming Mars is even possible, along with the difficulties that would come in trying to achieve such a feat. 

Bruce Jakosky
Bruce Jakosky

Bruce is a geological scientist who is principal investigator of the MAVEN mission. A project coordinated between NASA the University of Colorado and the University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory.

More about the MAVEN Mission: https://mars.nasa.gov/maven/

Photo Credit /Information:

“In early Martian summer, at the time NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover. Only pockets of ice protected in the shade most of the day remain. The North Pole of Mars is surrounded by a vast sea of sand dunes. In this dune field, the dunes are covered by a seasonal cap of dry ice in the winter.” – Credit NASA Website: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/patches-of-snow-on-the-red-planet

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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