Jim Green is a long-serving NASA scientist who recently retired after working for more than four decades in the planetary exploration field. He also recently claimed humans can terraform Mars and Venus soon.
Life on Mars may become a reality soon enough
Speaking in one of his recent interviews, Dr. Green said the chances of finding life on Venus became a reality a couple of years ago when the scientist found phosphine in Venus’s atmosphere.
According to Green, the reported phosphine was enormous on the surface of the planet, which very much depicted the possibility of life.
However, he noted scientists received flawed signals; according to new signals, there is a possibility there is no phosphine on Venus, which currently ruled out the possibility of life there.
Explaining the possibility of terraforming Mars, Green noted the presence of methane on the planet increases humans’ chances to habituate Mars. According to him, he currently rates Mars at number three on his CoLD scale of seven, where seven means life has been found on any planet.
So, Green noted if any scientist comes up with an instrument that will take the possibility of life on Mars to CoLD level four, he will immediately fund that mission.
My buddy Jim Green! https://t.co/bMWYw8HNCu
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When the interviewer asked him if he was surprised by the fact that NASA is still unable to find life on Mars, despite continuous efforts over the last 45 years, Green said the agency did not follow the right strategy in its Viking 1 and 2 landers.
The scientist mentioned both of these landers were not put at the right place on Mars, which made the missions ineffective.
Jim Green transformed NASA completely during his stay
Green helped the American space agency in understanding Earth’s magnetic field in a new way; he did this while exploring the solar systems and searching for the existence of life on Mars.
He also resigned from the top space agency as the year 2021 ended.
During his stay at NASA, he remained the director of NASA’s planetary division while serving as the chief scientist in the last three years.
As he was an expert in studying the Earth’s magnetic field and plasma waves earlier in his career, Green kept on expanding his research portfolio to other expertise, while he continued his journey with NASA.
His most recent work includes the study of the “confidence of life detection,” according to which terraforming Mars is possible for humans.
They can do this with the help of the giant magnetic shield, which will stop the sun from destroying the surface of the planet, ultimately raising the temperature on Mars to a livable extent.
NASA didn’t find life on Mars while Jim Green was the agency’s chief scientist. But retirement doesn’t mean he’s finished with the search. https://t.co/pqMBvYui4x
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 2, 2022
Not only this, but Green is also an advocate of exploring heavens well beyond Mars.
This includes one of his proposed missions to the icy moon of Jupiter, the Europa, which is likely to be launched in 2024.