Elon Musk is walking back his ‘nuke Mars’ theory and instead proposing to launch thousands of satellites to warm the red planet – Business Insider

Elon Musk is walking back his ‘nuke Mars’ theory and instead proposing to launch thousands of satellites to warm the red planet – Business Insider

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Elon Musk has a new idea for making Mars' atmosphere more habitable — and it doesn't include launching nuclear weapons at its poles. Since 2015, Musk has posited the idea that launching thermonuclear weapons above the ice caps at Mars' poles could warm the planet's atmosphere, with the eventual aim of making it habitable for humans. His theory is that vaporizing the water trapped at the poles would release carbon dioxide, basically engineering a greenhouse effect. Read more: Here are some of the gaping holes in Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos' plans to conquer space Musk reiterated the idea last week and even created "nuke Mars" T-shirts. On Tuesday, however, he tweeted a new theory, replacing hydrogen bombs with satellites. "Might make sense to have thousands of solar reflector satellites 🛰 to warm Mars vs artificial suns (tbd), " Musk said. "Artificial suns" is Musk's reference to a theoretical stream of nuclear reactions. However, Musk has not fully abandoned the nukes. "Nuke Mars refers to a continuous stream of very low fallout nuclear fusion explosions above the atmosphere to create artificial suns. Much like our sun, this would not cause Mars to become radioactive, " Musk said in a follow-up ....


A paper published in Nature Astronomy last year concluded that releasing Mars' CO2 wouldn't be enough to adequately transform its atmosphere for two reasons. First, the researchers found, there isn't enough CO2 trapped in the poles to produce an intense enough greenhouse effect. And second, unlike Earth, Mars' atmosphere is continuously being lost, so any gases produced would slowly drift away into outer space.. .

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