By: Vaughn C
Terraforming or "earth-shaping" is changing a planet or moon's ecology, atmosphere, or climate artificially to suit human or animal life. Also called planetary engineering, the concept was developed from mostly science fiction and real scientific study.
The term was coined by Jack Williamson in a science fiction story "Collision Orbit" that was published in 1942.
Many planets have been deemed as "candidates" for terraforming, including Mars and Venus. Mars being most likely.
Even NASA themselves have debated the subject, and even some
potential methods of doing so fall into current technological
capabilities, but the amount of economic resources required go
far beyond what any society or government is willing to
Even politics have gotten in the way. National pride and rivalries between nations have halted progress.
Some even believe that other planets may be better off without human interference, due to observations of how people have treated earth. Others like Christoper Mckay, believe that as long as there is not already alien inhabitants, it is ethically sound. If there is, then some believe that it is our responsibility to help nature run its course the best we can.
I believe that if it is possible for human life to be sustainable on another planet, then we should make it happen. It is common knowledge that Earth would eventually be deemed uninhabitable by anything if nature runs it's course, so if we do not attempt to move out to other planets then it is certain that we as a species will become extinct. Issues that arise with the possible additions of more land for humanity to grab at would be if other nations wanted their hands on it. People would claim it as their own.
If we cannot unite earth as one nation together, then there would be no reason to add more land if we are going to split once more. More land, more war, more issues, more conflict is what I believe.