Shoot for the stars. What scientists want most these days is to put life on the moon. Or better yet, on Mars. The concept may become reality sooner than you might imagine.
Regardless what your opinion is of Charles Darwin and what stance you, creation or evolution, Darwin had an impact in the Imperial Empire. People can see its effects today, though he may never have imagined.
When he landed on Ascension Island somewhere around 1836 he wasn’t developing a strategy to put life on Mars. He was simply “in the zone” of his experimenting.
Ascension Island is Rising
During his great exploration and voyage of discovery, on Ascension Island he found what he wasn’t even looking for. This enormous chunk of volcanic rock was void of much of anything else.
Darwin had a cunning idea and the Royal Navy spent decades making it a reality. Each year the navy sailed there and planted various types of trees like the exotic banana, bamboo, Norfolk pine and even eucalyptus from various places, including South Africa, Argentina and Europe.
This was due that the island was lying between South America and Africa in the Southern Atlantic, receiving the arid winds from Africa. The result was nothing but a big, dry volcanic rock void of life. It was used as a base for the Royal Navy to monitor the movement of Napoleon who was living in exile on the nearby island of St. Helen.
The Great Idea That Was Developed to Form Ascension Island
The plan was to turn the ash into a garden by capturing more moisture from the sea air that was drawing up, or ascending. The work began in 1850 and within twenty years there was evidence of change on Green Mountain, the highest point of the island at nearly 3,000 feet. On the summits of the island clouds hover and gather creating a bed of mist that feeds the plants.
The amazing result was a self-sustaining ecosystem that was reproducing on its own and thriving. Darwin and his botanist friend, Joseph Hooker successfully created the first man-made terra formation.
Can the Same Idea be Used to Develop Colonies on Mars?
What that means today as it continues to be studied by scientists like Dr. Wilkinson is that this same concept can be applied to develop colonies that sustain life on Mars. Experiment with different forms of life to see what will reproduce and sustain life. And build a habitable colony from there, based on the results.
Having said that, few scientists believe that Ascension Island will pave the way to life on Mars, and are not keen to follow this format. So far. It may yet prove to be the trend of tomorrow.
There may be life on Mars after all. It might be the human race.