I am a meat popsicle
- Sep 18, 2001
- Inside a starship, watching puny humans from afar
It would indeed be a difficult task, but may not be impossible. It just needs some engineering.I propose a lack of microorganisms would make Mars soil essentially uninhabitable for most Earth plants. Adding a typical variety of bacteria, fungi, and other such, especially extremophiles, might help. Poop, of course, has a wide variety of flora and thus might provide an impetus beyond the nutrients.
Of course the perchlorate is nasty stuff and would need to be cleaned up, perhaps by genetically engineered bacteria.