Credit: Michael Carroll via Chris McKay



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.

Mars Terraformer Transfer (MATT) plan makes use of the Shepherd to steer an impactor into Mars.
Credit: Optonicus Corporation




City-region 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.

Omaha Crater layout.
Credit: Lake Matthew Team

MATT habs

“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.

The Omaha Crater site has abundant ground ice to fill and refill the crater’s Lake Matthew.
Credit: Lake Matthew Team

“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.

Museum display

“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:

3 Responses to “Moving in on Mars: Team Envisions Terraformer Transfer Project”

  • Jaap says:

    The source says: “Omaha Crater bedrock will remain warm to the touch for thousands of years.”
    I wonder if there is any scientific data for this claim. An impact will release a ton of energy but thousands of years is a long time to cool anything.

    • Peya Luna says:

      My thoughts exactly, i checked out their website and it doesn´t get better aka more realistic….they even claim their crater will form its own ozone layer for crying out loud! never mind that the weak gravity of mars causes all gases to drift off into space.
      about the only thing i can get (somewhat) behind is their assumption that the many asteroids that crashed into mars in the past will be easy to mine, though again they claim that those will ALL be made of rare, valuable material, even though the majority of asteroids we know are made of plain old iron.

      at this point i´m wondering whether this is a genuine project, or a clever campaign promoting a new sci-fi book or movie

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