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Title: Terraforming Mars
Description: National Geographic


Provost Dylanof - February 24, 2010 08:24 PM (GMT)
The February issue had a little piece on making the red planet more pleasant. They calculate a thousand years until forests and then a few more millennia until the atmosphere is breathable.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/big-idea/07/mars

Speaking of Mars, the Last Church has a moment where the Emperor's gaze lingers on a scene of a knight lancing a dragon in the ceiling painting. Of course, Christianity has no such story and the garden of Eden wasn't "magical" either, but it's a spiffy detail anyway.

Vredesbyrd - February 24, 2010 08:47 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Provost Dylanof @ Feb 24 2010, 09:24 PM)
The February issue had a little piece on making the red planet more pleasant. They calculate a thousand years until forests and then a few more millennia until the atmosphere is breathable.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/big-idea/07/mars

Speaking of Mars, the Last Church has a moment where the Emperor's gaze lingers on a scene of a knight lancing a dragon in the ceiling painting. Of course, Christianity has no such story and the garden of Eden wasn't "magical" either, but it's a spiffy detail anyway.

Wahddabout Saint George? :huh:

Provost Dylanof - February 24, 2010 10:02 PM (GMT)
Say, that's right. George. Satan's referred to as the dragon in revelation but there's no knight. He takes a third of the stars from the sky. (I think that means angels.)

Do you know how George goes?

Vredesbyrd - February 24, 2010 11:04 PM (GMT)
I do indeed, but this is not the place for it, whack 'St. George and the Dragon' into Google and go wild! ;)

Astelan - February 24, 2010 11:14 PM (GMT)
Did you know, that despite being a pink hippo, George was not the gayest out of the cast of Rainbow?




/cue Rainbow discussion

Provost Dylanof - February 25, 2010 12:41 AM (GMT)
Very interesting story, but I can't see the Emperor converting a town to Christianity.

I like how the equatorial temperature on a terraformed Mars only exceeds freezing by eight degrees celsius.

Provost Dylanof - February 25, 2010 03:11 AM (GMT)
No, that's fahrenheit.

Vredesbyrd - February 25, 2010 09:17 AM (GMT)
In 'Mechanicum' if I remember correctly, its alluded to that the Emperor was St. George in a previous incarnation.

However, discussions on the previous natures of the Emperor and whether or not he was St. George merits its own thread if you want to discuss it, but not in this one. Back on topic now please. Vredesbyrd.

The Red Sorcerer - February 25, 2010 11:12 AM (GMT)
Mechanicum implies that it didn't last long when Mars was eventually terraformed:
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The terraforming of Mars had begun in the earliest days of the golden age of man's expansion to the stars, bringing new life and hope, but in the end, this was a remission, not a cure. Within the span of a few centuries, the planet had died its second death, choking on the fumes of volcanic forge complexes, continent-sized refineries and the effluent of a million weapons shops.

If it did take seveal millenia, sounds like a bit of a waste! Thousands of years terraforming for a couple of centuries of clean air! Still, presumably technology may have advanced to the point where it was terraformed far quicker.

Still, I suppose the atmosphere is at least partially breathable in 30/40K, so it achieved something.




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