"Nuke Mars": Elon Musk's Cryptic Call For Destruction Makes Netizens Wonder 'What Went So Wrong?'

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his obsession with Mars seems to be never-ending as he took to Twitter on Friday, with this destructive proposition.

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

First, he wanted to land on Mars. Then he wanted to colonize Mars. Now he wants to Nuke Mars.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his obsession with Mars seems to be never-ending as he took to Twitter on Friday, with this destructive proposition.

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Netizens were on it immediately some complying, some stunned:

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But Why Nuke Mars?

Musk's idea behind 'Nuke Mars' is not reportedly not meant to destroy the Red Planet, but to 'terraform' the planet i.e deliberately change large areas of the environment making it hospitable to humans to aide in the colonization plans.

Musk has theorized earlier that by nuking Mars we could release trapped Carbon dioxide (CO2) from various sites on Mars, creating a greenhouse effect on the planet to trap liquid water on the surface before it could either freeze or evaporate, as per news reports.

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NASA says NO

Scientists at NASA have pointed out that their results have pointed out that there is not enough CO2 remaining on Mars to provide significant greenhouse warming were the gas to be put into the atmosphere.

“In addition, most of the CO2 gas is not accessible and could not be readily mobilized. As a result, terraforming Mars is not possible using present-day technology,” states Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado in his research paper.

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