To kickstart colonization?
A paper published last month in the journal FEMS Microbiology Ecology argues that the “primary colonists” of the Red Planet should be “microorganisms” — the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that support many of life’s processes here on Earth.
Jose Lopez, a professor at Nova Southeastern University and one of the authors of the paper, proposes an approach to planetary colonization that begins with a plan on studying microbes that could support life in extraterrestrial environments.
“Life as we know it cannot exist without beneficial microorganisms,” he said in a press release. “To survive on a barren (and as far as all voyages to date tell us) sterile planets, we will have to take beneficial microbes with us.”Natalie Coleman, “Contaminating Mars With Microbes Could Kickstart Colonization” at Futurism
Paper. (open access)
One way of seeing it: We can’t find alien life but maybe we can literally invent it.
Another way of seeing it: If the idea works, it could be like rabbits in Australia and cats in New Zealand. That is, it works but then most other things don’t.
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