Keeping Mars warm with new super greenhouse gases

M. F. Gerstell, J. S. Francisco, Y. L. Yung, C. Boxe, E. T. Aaltonee

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Our selection of new super greenhouse gases to fill a putative "window" in a future Martian atmosphere relies on quantum-mechanical calculations. Our study indicates that if Mars could somehow acquire an Earth-like atmospheric composition and surface pressure, then an Earth-like temperature could be sustained by a mixture of five to seven fluorine compounds. Martian mining requirements for replenishing the fluorine could be comparable to current terrestrial extraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2154-2157
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 27 2001

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