Elon Musk’s “Nuke Mars” Plan Aims to Create Artificial Suns

Last month, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, threatened to go full supervillain by revealing his Lex Luthor-esque plan to detonate a series of thermonuclear devices on the surface of Mars in an effort to, seemingly counterintuitively, make the planet habitable for human life. Musk has now elucidated on his idea, explaining that the nuclear detonations would effectively create artificial “suns” above the surface of each pole of the Red Planet, which he has previously described as “a fixer upper of a planet,” and one that he is determined to colonise.

“They’re really above the planet, they’re not on the planet,” Musk disclosed during an event for Solar City at Times Square in New York, adding, “A lot of people don’t appreciate that our Sun is a large fusion explosion.” A series of detonations would occur at regular intervals to maintain the heat and light of these man-made suns, the heat from which should melt any frozen CO2, creating a planetary atmosphere that would absorb and trap heat to support a habitable climate.

Musk was asked how difficult his audacious plan would implement. He responded, “Yeah, absolutely, no problem,” to much laughter from the event’s crowd.

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Elon Musk Wants to Nuke Mars

Billionaire philanthropist and CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX Elon Musk is planning to graduate to the status of full supervillian with his audacious plan to nuke the planet Mars. Speaking to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Musk revealed that there are two ways to prepare Mars – “a fixer upper of a planet,” according to Musk – for human colonisation, the “slow way” and the “fast way”. The “fast way”, it seems, involves launching a thermonuclear attack on the Red Planet.

“The fast way is to drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles,” Musk said.

“You’re a supervillain!” Colbert retorted. “Superman doesn’t say, ‘let’s drop nuclear bombs.’ That’s Lex Luthor, man.”

Musk also spoke about the SpaceX Falcon rocket’s poor landing record, saying, “If we could reduce the landing velocity, we could get it to land, and stay upright, and not explode.” He even joked about the Tesla charging snake, quipping, “For the prototype at least, we recommend not dropping anything nearby when it’s in operation.”

Colbert, who considers Musk “an old friend” described his guest as “the real Tony Stark”, and closed the interview with, “Elon Musk is bringing you the future, right now.”

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Mars One Colonising Mission Down to its Final 100 Candidates

The candidates for the four seats on board the non-profit Mars colony mission, Mars One, are down to the final 100. The latest round of cuts on Tuesday reduced the pool from 660 candidates, a process which began with 200,000 applicants three years ago.

The Mars One mission aims to be the first manned mission to the Red Planet, sending four settlers hurtling through space on a one-way journey. The expedition aims to launch by 2025.

Once the first four colonists are established on Mars – living in hermetically sealed habitat pods, with greenhouses and rovers at their disposal – Mars One plans further missions, adding to the colonists’ numbers every few years.

The 100 finalists have been picked from all over the globe, with 39 from the American continents, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa, and 7 from Oceania. The selection was narrowed following interviews with Mars One’s Chief Medical Officer Norbert Craft, who assessed candidates for team spirit, motivation, and risk management.

Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp says that he wants to pick the final four through a televised reality competition, with advertising generated from the show going towards the cost of the mission.

Source: Mashable