Artist's drawing of a terraformed Mars
in four stages of development
Terraforming is changing a planet that we cannot live on at present. The idea is to change it so some life from Earth could exist there. It would need a suitable atmosphere (air), heat, and water.
Some think it is possible to terraform Mars, our Moon, Titan, Callisto and Mercury.
It is arguable that we have already succeeded in terraforming right here on Earth. Thanks to modern technology, humans can now thrive in places that should be impossible to live in such as deserts and the Arctic.
Images for kids
Artist's conception of a terraformed Mars
Artist's conception of a terraformed Venus
An artist's conception of the terraformed Mercury
Artist's conception of the Moon (foreground) and Mercury (background) terraformed