Mars Colonization Project
Report of Fleet Captian Tipp Callier to the United Federation of Planets
In the year 2015, I was assigned the MCP, or Mars Colonization Project. As the commander of the MCP, I coordinated the adaptation and utilization inventions to solve the problems that would inhibit human life on the Red Planet. Probes indicated the need for planetary changes that would support our basic survival needs there.
First off, we encountered the problem of no oxygen in the atmosphere of the planet. As we all know, humans need oxygen in order to sustain life. We knew, from information provided by space probes sent to Mars, that its atmosphere was mainly composed of carbon dioxide. So we had an ingenious idea that was inexpensive and safe. Trees were the answer to this question. As most of us know, trees breath carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. We also built habitat domes that we would live in until the trees had produced enough oxygen to make the surface habitable.
The next hurdle, was no liquid water on the planet. Probes indicated that the Southern Polar Ice Cap was made up of dry ice, but the Northern Polar Ice Cap was frozen water. So we brought in heat generators to heat up the northern ice cap. This in turn made rivers, lakes, and oceans of fresh, liquid water.
To insure the growth of trees and other plants in the Martian soil, we needed to enrich the soil with fertilizer. We brought fertilizer from Earth, but soon realized that the number of trees and plants needed to enrich the atmosphere with oxygen, would out number the amount of fertilizer we brought with us. So we decided to use the silt from the rivers and streams that we had created and we mixed the leftover decomposable materials to create a good fertilizer without shipping fertilizer from Earth on the supply rockets. We succeeded in making the fertilizer and getting it to work in a lower gravity environment.
We also needed an energy source badly. We ran feasibility studies on three or four sources of energy that would be easy to use and very cost proficient. They were solar, hydroelectric, wind, and geothermal powers. The solar, wind, and hydroelectric sources werent very hard to harness, because they were easy to obtain, but they didnt generate the quantity of power needed to sustain and enhance life on Mars. The geothermal power was the hardest to get to. We had no idea how far we would have to drill down in order to get to it and when we reached it, we were overwhelmed to find a power source of unlimited potential.
Because Mars was too cold to sustain life (-63 degrees Celsius), we harnessed the planets geothermal power as a power source of unlimited potential. We opened up geothermal vents in the planets crust at 1500 meter intervals, and used the heat that radiated out of them to heat the surface enough to sustain human life comfortably on the surface. unfortunately we found the heat around the vents as deadly as an erupting volcano on Earth. Inhabitants must never approach without a space suit on.
One of the last problems that my fearless team and I had to overcome was the dangerous sandstorms that sweep the planet regularly. Our solution to this problem was in-ground shelters and a good warning system. One thing that would give us a good survival chance was the SDS, or Storm Detection System. The SDS was a combination of radar and satellite warnings that would give us a good ten to twenty minutes to get to a shelter. Once we establish good oxygenated atmosphere the storms will stop altogether so then we can adapt our shelters into food storage facilities. Then, like Earth we will have only normal storms, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms.
Now, we have successfully colonized Mars and have moved out of the confined habitat domes and out onto the outback. We now have active colonies on five continents with over one hundred countries, such as the Ares continent whose capital country of Athens is our center of operations. When I was given this mission 14 years ago, I never imagined that I would see the day when my crew and I would make it into the history books. But, now after 14 years Mars, taming the wild frontier, just as the pioneers did so long ago on Earth, I long to see my home planet again. So now its time to say good-bye to something that I shant live to see again, and to you I wish the best of life on Mars. The MCP has officially reached it goal of making life on Mars a viable option.