ASTR 103 University of Alaska Colonization and Terraforming Astronomy Journal Entry

ASTR 103

University of Alaska Anchorage


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Let's have an informative discussion on Mercury, Venus, and Mars ( and the Moon too) and what to discuss the plans for humans to live on the inner planets and the Moon. ( Save the moons of the outer planets for later.)

  • What is your favorite choice for colonization and why?
  • What is terraforming and which planets would be a candidate?
  • What can you learn from games like 'Terraforming Mars' or TV shows like Expanse?
  • Reflect upon at least four Learning Objectives….. Process your notes so you learn. Write out in paragraphs details and what you thought about the learning objective. Put the most interesting or what is the most confusing to give you a way to really learn the material. You chose what is important to reflect upon and to put into your brain and your journal. It needs to be more than one or two sentences. I would like to see four or five sentences of reflection for each of the minimum four learning objectives.
    • LO1 Characterize the orbit of Mercury around the Sun. OS 9.5
    • LO2 Describe Mercury’s structure and composition. OS 9.5
    • LO3 Describe the topography and features of Mercury’s surface. OS 9.5
    • LO4 Be familiar with Mercury’s strange rotation. OS 9.5
    • LO5 Compare the rotations of Mars and Venus. OS 10.1 p 340
    • LO6 Describe the general geology of Venus. 10.2
    • LO7 Look at the composition and structure of the Venus atmosphere and explain why Earth does not have a similar atmosphere. OS page 347
    • LO8 Explain how the greenhouse effect has led to high temperatures on Venus. OS10.3
    • LO9 Discuss the main missions to explore Mars.OS0.4
    • LO10 Describe the various features found on the surface of Mars. OS10.4
    • LO11 Describe the composition of the atmosphere on Mars. OS 10.5
    • LO 12 Describe the ice caps on Mars. OS 10.5
    • LO 13 Compare and describe the evidence for water on Mercury, Venus, and Mars. OS 10.5

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Colonization and Terraforming

The idea of the colonization of outer planets is not new. Agency’s such as NASA have long
made successful coordination of activities in space. As such, the ideology of the colonization of
another planet may not be impossible. The most probable planet choice for colonization is mars.
After earth, mars is the most suitable planet for human survival. This planet offers an opportunity
for the utilization of resources that provide air for astronauts to breathe. Besides, this planet has
polar ice caps that grow and depreciate over time. Besides, the planet has evidence of water
channels that are present on earth today. Also, Mars has terrains, plains, mountains, craters and
river beds which is similar to earth.
Terraforming is a process of transforming a planet with hostile conditions such as extreme
cold, extreme heat, o...

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