Elon Musk and his proposal for a nuclear bombing of Mars

by Kelvin
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Elon Musk has relaunched his proposal to terraform Mars through a nuclear bombardment to heat the surface of the red planet

The founder of Space X, Elon Musk, has relaunched its proposal that a bombardment of Mars with nuclear missiles can contribute to its terraformation by heating the surface of today's icy Red Planet.


In your account Twitter, Musk spread the short message ‘Nuke Mars’ on August 15, followed by another tweet with the image of some shirts with this slogan. He has even placed this motto as a profile picture.

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Four years ago, Musk participated in "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and discussed a strategy to make the red planet more habitable: detonate nuclear bombs on their polyou. The explosions would vaporize a good part of the ice sheets on Mars, releasing enough water vapor and carbon dioxide, both potent greenhouse gases, to heat the planet substantially, according to the idea.

But nevertheless, this idea stumbles upon the skepticism of many scientists, that question not only the technological capacity of the human being to face such a company with the available technology, but also the ethical dimension of intervening in a planet at that level.

There are also reservations about the effectiveness of the initiative. A 2018 study published in the prestigious magazine Nature Astronomy concluded that Mars does not house enough CO2 today to achieve significant warming, even if all things were released into the atmosphere. "As a result, we conclude that the terraforming of Mars is not possible using current technology," the researchers wrote, cited by Space.com.

Elon Musk and his proposal for a nuclear bombing of Mars 2 Elon Musk and the first tourist trip to the Moon / Reuters

But the nuclear concept could be worse than ineffective, some scientists have said. That is, it could be counterproductive, giving way to a “phenomenon known as 'nuclear winter' (similar to the impact of an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), in which so much dust and particles are generated that literally block a significant portion of the incoming sunlight, cooling the planet, ”climate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State University told US News and World Report by email in 2015.

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