New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Terraforming Mars

Team: 88

School: Melrose High

Area of Science: Environmental and Space Science


Interim: Team Number : 88 Melrose High School
Project Title : Terraforming Mars

Area of Science : Environmental and Space Science
Team members : James Rush, Jouie Barnes, William Trammell.
Sponsoring Teacher : Alan Daugherty

Problem Definition:
Our team would like to determine the feasibility of adding photosynthetic organisms to the Martian environment in order to create an oxygen atmosphere to allow for the terraforming of Mars and make it similar to earth conditions.
We would like to see how long it will take to make a livable environment on Mars. It is important to terraform Mars to make another place for humans to live besides earth because our needs for living space and resources are constantly increasing.
Our main problem in this task is the lack of water. Plants wouldn’t be able to live up there because they need all three elements for that plant to grow and survive. Those three elements are soil, carbon dioxide, water. The first two should be found on Mars usable amounts. Some planetologists believe that Mars might once have had oceans. This means that there might be underground water supplies. We will assume there is, and that it just needs to be pumped to the surface.
We will research different power source that can be available to us. We will study nuclear energy, solar power, wind power, propane, and geothermal energy resources.
Our goal is to try to see how long it will take to terraform mars based on the amounts of water pumped and rates of organism photosynthesis. We will see if life on Mars is possible.
Problem Solution:
We will use StarLogo TNG to model our project. We may switch to NetLogo if we need a stronger programming language, and we know NetLogo is a more powerful resource that can handle more agents.


Progress to Date:
We have started the StarLogo program based on our research on the problem. Also, we will use programing code from last year’s project to add into this one. Our project last year was to see how a space station could recycle resources in a bio-dome type area. We also tested how the levels of oxygen and CO2 would level out. This is same type of problem with similar variables.

Expected Results:
We will expect to find how long it takes to terraform mars based upon the following variables: the amount of water provided, the type of organisms used, the number of organisms supportable, and the Martian environment.
Citations:
The links we used were:
• http://news.yahoo.com/terraforming-mars-those-believe-gingrich-thinking-small-213500067.html
• http://news.yahoo.com/terraforming-mars-those-believe-gingrich-thinking-small-213500067.html
• http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/universo/terraforming/terraforming11.htm
• http://www.nasa.gov/
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terraforming_of_Mars






Team Members:

  Jouie Barnes
  James Rush
  William Trammell

Sponsoring Teacher: Alan Daugherty

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