Musk says dropping nukes on Mars will make it habitable

Elon Musk was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert yesterday and the topic of Mars and specifically making it livable came up. According to Musk there are a couple of ways to warm up Mars, the slow way by transferring greenhouse gases from Earth to Mars.

The other option he says would be much faster and that would be to drop thermonuclear weapons onto the Martian north and south poles. Musk does raise a good point though as doing this would in deed heat up the planet by starting a chain reaction. Of course dropping modern nukes onto any planet in great quantities would render those regions of the planet completely uninhabitable for centuries. Would this matter however as the act of warming up could still take thousands of years anyway.


What are your thoughts, a valid experiment or a dangerous one.

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