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Tech & ScienceElon Musk is once again on a quest to ‘nuke Mars’

07:00  18 august  2019
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A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Now the billionaire has clarified those comments a bit further. He doesn't want to nuke the surface of Mars ; he just wants to nuke the sky

The announcement of the discovery of flowing water on Mars has — with a bit of help from The Martian — intensified discussion of human colonization, and Elon Musk is angling to take advantage of Big Musk had previously discussed his desire to nuke mars . Today, he elaborated on that plan, saying

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If there’s one thing you can say about Elon Musk it’s that he’s never lacked ambition. He’s founded a number of successful companies, and with SpaceX he’s pushed science forward by lowering the cost of entry for satellite launches and opened up new possibilities for researchers.

He’s also seemingly made it his life’s mission to make a human colony on Mars a reality, and he insists that it’s possible to make Mars a lot like Earth as long as we can unlock the carbon dioxide trapped inside Martian ice, rock, and soil. Scientists aren’t fully on board with this line of thinking, but a new tweet from Musk hints that he’s once again ready to argue that “nuking Mars” is a good idea.

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Nuking Mars is still on Elon Musk 's wish list, it would seem. Four years ago, the SpaceX founder and CEO went on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and discussed If Musk is serious about nuking the Red Planet — and it's possible that he's not — he'll have to overcome significant skepticism.

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Musk’s tweet is a reference to the theory that by dropping one or more large bombs on Mars’ poles, the CO2 locked away in the ice there would be released, giving the Martian atmosphere a much-needed boost:

Mars has a very thin atmosphere today, but it’s less than one percent as dense as that of Earth. Making the planet’s atmosphere denser could help it retain heat and bring it a small step closer to being habitable by human settlers. However, past research has suggested that bombing the planet’s poles wouldn’t release nearly enough CO2 to be worth the trouble. Elon Musk has publicly disagreed.

It’s unclear why the SpaceX boss decided to bring this all up again, but he does have a habit of saying whatever he thinks will get a big reaction on Twitter. Oh, and apparently he’s hoping to sell some shirts as well.

In any case, no space agency is ready to even begin preliminary planning for a crewed Mars mission, much less any long-term efforts to change the climate of the Red Planet. If that ever does happen, bombs may or may not play a role. In the meantime, scientists will likely maintain that throwing nuclear bombs at other planets is a bad idea.

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