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[–] ClitoralCommander 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I agree. Mars has basically finished its biological evolution. It is unlikely that any species still remaining on the planet will ever have the chance to evolve significantly past its current stage. If we find any species there, we should definitely allow it to survive, but it is a far more useful stepping-place for our future endeavors than for a biological habitat study.

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[–] Mars_Hopper 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes and no. I agree with your sentiment. There is an amazing opportunity to learn from an untouched world and fucking that up right off the bat would be unscientific. But, like you said, mankind will probably go extinct at some point and that is the incentive to bypass the initial learning opportunity and go immediately to terraforming. I think the most practical course to take is to try and study as much of it as possible while terraforming. Terraforming is going to take, at the very least hundreds if not thousands, of years to terraform. While that is happening a significant effort to understand Mars as it was before we began colonization could be done. That way we learn as much as possible while keeping the existance of Man at the forefront of our efforts. I would rather change Mars and lose some of the scientific knowledge that could be gained but ensure that man continues to spread and survive. That is my view of it.

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[–] Superking [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The difference I see between animals we kill for food and other products is that we don't potentially extinguish the cow/pig/sheep/chicken/etc., species when we consume them. Potentially, our presence alone could end that the entirety of that microbial species on its home planet.

Knowingly ending the existence of a species is a fairly big ethical issue.

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[–] robaco 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

How do you start the terraform process?

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[–] SovereignSnake 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

First step would be artificially restarting Mars' Core. i.e. Re-igniting it so it can generate a new magnetosphere so it doesn't loose atmosphere and help it trap greenhouse gases. A restarted core + atmosphere + greenhouse effect would warm the planet back up.

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[–] cardopj 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

and how to you restart a planets core?

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[–] frakking-anustart 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If we find some bacteria in some small poos, I believe we should terraform the planet anyway. Mars probably had more advanced life billions of ears ago, and for all we know this is all that's left. However we are the planet with sentient life in the system, and I think we are the only ones to carry on the life in the system. The Prime Directive doesn't apply to bacteria like organisms.

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[–] metang800 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Microbial life isn't sentient, so it couldn't really suffer.

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[–] indelible-sarcasm 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Neurons aren't sentient, individually. We don't know what we don't know.

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[–] bioemerl 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It could have regular species on it (non-human-like), and I would still be for terraforming it.

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[–] thatcoolmartian 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Microbes tend to be able to survive in very harsh environments. They could probably survive Terra forming.