(Newswire.net — October 4, 2015) — Since scientists found that liquid water flows on Mars during the warm season, Billionaire Elon Musk believes that heating the Red Planet’s surface could kick-start the life on Mars. To do so, Musk said he would need a nuclear weapon.
Dismissing earlier comments that he intended to nuke the planet’s surface, he said he wants to create explosions above the thin Mars’ atmosphere to heat up the surface.
As the guest on the Stephen Colbert show, Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, Tesla motors and SpaceX, suggested nuking Mars could speed up human missions to that planet.
Musk explained that using fusion bombs to blast the sky over Mars every few seconds at each pole, would lead to the creation of two temporary suns, which would serve as power and heat source to the planet.
“What I was talking about,” said Musk, “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.
Arguing that many people don’t realize our own sun is a continuous fusion explosion, Musk explained that by saying he would like to use nuclear explosions, he actually meant to create heat generators over red planet’s poles.
In order to make Mars hospitable for humans, the planet surface need to be heated up, and “The fast way is to drop the nuclear weapons over the poles,” he said.
“There is also a longer, tried and tested on Earth way to heat Mars up: to cause climate change by flooding the planet with greenhouse gases,” Musk added.
The billionaire offered his SpaceX reusable rocket for transport of the nuclear warheads, disregarding the spectacular failure of the ship’s attempted test flight, which tipped over and exploded upon landing.