Breaking with the general theme of this blog, but still incredibly related to science an human understanding of our universe. I would like to congratulate the MSL Curiosity rover team, on all their incredibly hard work and successful landing of the rover on mars. I did not expect watching the feed would be as exiting as it was, nor prior to watching the feed did I realize exactly how involved and complicated getting this rover to land on Mars really was/ is.
To try and connect this back to BOINC. If Curiosity shows that mars was once able to support life, does this launch a push in the World to find adequate and successful terra forming techonolgy/ science? If yes, I imagine there would be substantial amounts of number crunching needed, especially given the incredibly complex chemical and biological processes going on, I can not help but think they may need to employ the use of network computing grids such as BOINC.
If such a project were to emerge, I myself would not hesitate to add it to my list of supported projects. While for the preservation of the Human race I can not wait for us to expand beyond just our system of planets. But before we could imagine even accomplishing that, I imagine the first step would be getting a sustainable and viable human colony on Mars.
What are your thoughts?
Again Congratulations to the MSL Curiosity rover team!