Following on from NASA’s announcement that liquid water flows on Mars, which has prompted some to suggest that alien life may exist on the red planet – Elon Musk has now suggested that humans should NUKE Mars in order for it to become a liveable place for human beings.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, says that detonating nuclear explosions every few seconds on Mars could make it more hospitable by warming the planet up via artificial suns created from the explosions.
“What I was talking about was having a series of very large, by our standards, but very small by calamity standards, essentially having two tiny pulsing suns over the poles. They’re really above the planet. Not on the planet,” said Elon Musk, as quoted by RT on Saturday.
“Every several seconds send large fusion bombs over the poles. A lot of people don’t appreciate that our sun is a giant fusion explosion,” the Canadian-American tycoon added.
Musk’s plan is simple, at least theoretically. There are huge quantities of carbon dioxide entrapped on Mars poles as thick layers of dry ice. By heating up the temperature, the gaseous CO2, a powerful global warming agent, is released towards the sky, which would in turn warm the atmosphere sufficiently to create a feedback loop and a runaway greenhouse effect on the planet.
In a warm environment aided by flowing water, plant life can survive and gaseous oxygen would be released, preparing the scene for animal life to emerge later on.
There is worldwide attention towards finding life on Mars and creating life-supporting environment there, although profitable business is also a major factor.
“I worry that we’re not going to have anybody on Mars until we find oil on Mars,” said Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist and science communicator last Monday.
According to Musk’s program, we shouldn’t bother ourselves with the familiar dome-shaped settlements on the Red Planet, detached from the harsh environment existing outside. He is simply speaking of causing climate change as vast as an entire planet, in the hope of altering Mars environment akin to that of the Earth.