SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars. He seriously wants to bombard the surface of red planet with actual nuclear weapons.
Musk wants to transform Mars into a livable planet for humans
Did you know that average temperature on Mars is about minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 60 degrees Celsius)? This is due to the fact that Mars’s atmosphere is about 100 times thinner than Earth’s. In the absence of “thermal blanket,” Mars can’t retain any heat energy.
Nuclear explosion will warm the red plant
Musk suggested dropping a big nuclear bomb on the poles to warm the red planet. By using bombs on planet’s poles ice will melt, which will result in release of carbon dioxide into its atmosphere, ultimately kick-starting a rapid greenhouse effect.
Musk believes this will increase the planet’s atmospheric temperature to that of Earth… making conditions livable for humans.
Musk seems to be serious about nuking Mars; he even plans to start selling “Nuke Mars” t-shirts.