The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has reportedly set its sights on making Mars more hospitable to humans – by terraforming the planet.
DARPA hopes that by using this hypothetical process of deliberately modifying the atmosphere, temperature surface topography and ecology (or lack thereof) of the red planet, humans would be able to one day call Mars home.
Temperatures of Mars reach a near -122 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for a difficult terraforming. Not to mention sudden dust storms, a thin atmosphere and low gravity add to this planet needing to undergo drastic changes to the climate and surface before humans could cultivate Mars for their own.
Alicia Jackson, deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO), has gathered up a team of researchers to develop genetically engineered organisms; as well as manufactured synthetic biological products using software called DTA GView .
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