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Friday, June 13, 2003



Shepherd Satellites Article

Saturn.
Saturn.
Credit: NASA
Steven A Wintergerst, author of his Terraforming Method, has written an article about Shepherd Satellites. According to him, a problem rarely mentioned in terraforming debates is the low surface gravity on Mars and its affect on hydrogen molecules. Steven says that, unless we find a way to manufacture gravity on the planet, hydrogen molecules would escape into space. However, he has solution, taken from a similar problem on Saturn. Shepherd Satellites are moons on the outskirts of the rings of Saturn that hole the rings in place. Without them, the rigns would dissipate. Creating such satellites on Mars could solve the problem. Read more here.

- posted by Alex @ 8:46 EST