A new plan for the “terraformation” of Mars has been scripted by a research team – a blueprint for the red planet to terraform a site on Mars in 2036.
Called the Lake Matthew Team their Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT) concept is designed to accelerate Mars exploration, settlement and commercial development.
“Terraformation need not engineer an entire planetary surface. A city-region is adequate for inhabitation. MATT hits this mark,” explains the group’s website.
Key to the plan are a Shepherd satellite and a small body shepherded for use as an impactor. That impacting body injects heat into Martian bedrock, producing melt water for a lake that persists for thousands of years within the warmed impact zone.
On Mars, the “Omaha Crater” bedrock will remain warm to the touch for thousands of years.
“Whereas prior designs of habitation structures (habs) were limited to thousands of cubic meters, MATT habs can scale to millions of cubic meters – stadium scale, or greater,” the website notes. Furthermore, the impact site’s treated lake water is sufficient to cover and protect subaqueous domes.
“With scaling, the first Mars habs transition quickly into settlements, with capacity for self-sufficiency, even provisioning of expeditions worldwide. This cuts the Earth-shipped cargo mass, and the expense, of crewed missions,” the website explains.
“The MATT Shepherd’s long mission ends with a small adjustment of the satellite’s orbit, placing it into a Mars-resonant orbit that is a bit like an Aldrin cycler orbit,” team members told Inside Outer Space.”
“This positions the Shepherd for retrieval by the colonists at a later date, notionally for museum display on Mars.”
For more information on the group and its Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT) idea, go to: