June 4, 2017 ALP Monthly Meeting Report
by James Kevin Ty & John Ray Cabrera

Last June 4, Astronomical League of the Philippines held its monthly meeting at Alice Villa-Real's residence in Quezon City. Members who were present were ALP President James Kevin Ty , VP Jett Aguilar, Secretary Christopher Louie Lu, Auditor Edgar Ang , PRO Edge Lat, directors Ronald Sison  , Peter Benedict Tubalinal, Iah Serna, members Alice Villa-Real,  Adi Bontuyan, Edwin Gatia and Michella Esparas.

Meeting started at around 3:30pm with ALP Secretary Christopher Louie Lu discussing on highlights of Events for June. This was followed by an extended discussion by ALP Auditor Edgar Ang on Mars Terraforming with ALP director John Ray Cabrera helping Edgar broadening his lecture on the topic.  There are three major proposals to heat up Mars, each impeded with technical absurdities.

1) Runaway greenhouse gases in the form of Halocarbon but can only withstand hours to days because of the absence of the Martian magnetosphere

2) Ammonia-rich asteroid but need to have more than 40 of nuclear rocket mission about 5000 megawatt power, producing 2000 Kelvin, to push a 10billion ton asteroid about 2.5km in radius, but ammonia wouldn't last a century

3) Orbiting mirror about 4tons per square meter surface density, roughly 125km radius, around 200,000 tons of weight, but the horrendous size cannot be produced on earth.

This is half of the problem. Another one is creating a hydrosphere and oxygenating the atmosphere.

And Mr Elon Musk, sorry, we can't nuke Mars for the risk of nuclear fall out, which will actually make things worse, in a century, rather than a plan for ecopoiosis.

The meeting ended at around 6:00pm.





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