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Forget moon shots, says Elon Musk, I’m nuking MARS!
There are ambitious entrepreneurs and then there's Elon Musk. Not content with revolutionizing the electric car, and commercial spaceflight, the founder of Tesla and Space-X now wants to nuke Mars -apparently.
It may sound like a plan befitting a super villain or a Sith Lord but there is method in the madness. The idea came up in an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as Musk spoke about his plans to make Mars a more hospitable place for humans.
“There’s the fast way and the slow way,” said the PayPal co-founder, calling Mars “a fixer upper of a planet.” The fast way would be to drop nuclear bombs on each of the planet’s poles to trigger a chain reaction that would terra-form the planet, making it fit for habitation.
Pretty neat, right? Well, don’t get too excited. Musk has since qualified his earlier statements saying:
Btw, not saying we *should* nuke Mars -- just layin' out a few options …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2015
So it seems the planet is safe. For now.