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A new paper spotted by Universe today on the arXiv preprint server examines how humans can achieve a sustained presence on the Red Planet that would include factors such as travel, research, sightseeing, sightseeing, etc. The article says that for this level of colonization to take place, Mars would need a strong magnetic field capable of deflecting solar wind blasts from the Sun, which are fatal to humans. Earth’s magnetic field originates from its core, but the core of Mars is different from that of Earth and would require either starting its core (as a cooler) or creating an artificial magnetic field around it. surface of the planet.
Since the latter of the two options is more feasible, the team of scientists, including NASA’s own chief scientist James Lauer Green, proposes a ring of charged particles to build around the planet. The study details the use of Phobos, the moon of Mars, to create a magnetic field by ionizing particles on the moon’s surface, then accelerating them to create a plasma torus, a donut-shaped region around the orbit which is filled with hot ionized gas (a plasma).
Phobos orbits Mars every eight hours, and researchers suspect that the magnetic field created by the plasma torus between a ring around Mars and Phobos would be enough to protect settlers on Mars from potentially deadly solar radiation explosions.
Creating a ring of the size proposed by the researchers would be an incredible feat and would require a ridiculous amount of engineering to get it right, but as the study authors point out, it’s only an idea and now. has come to have ideas as the human race is in readiness mode to take the next dangerous step towards expansion.