tech2 News staffAugust 17, 2019 3:17:02 PM IST
Elon Musk returned to him again with the idea of obscuring the surface of Mars to treat it or make it habitable for humans. Next Tweet "Nuke Mars!", Musk is now selling t-shirts in the SpaceX online store with the same message printed on it.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert's late-night show in 2015, Colbert and Musk talked about people going to Mars. While we all know that Mars is habitable for humans, Musk has proposed the idea of detonating thermonuclear weapons at the poles to warm the red planet. With all the melting of the ice, carbon dioxide will be released into its atmosphere, ultimately giving it a quick greenhouse effect. He believes this will significantly raise the global temperature of Mars to make the conditions comfortable for humans.
However, a a recent NASA survey entitled "Inventory of CO2 Available for Terraforming Mars" examines how much CO2 is present on the Martian planet. According to the 2018 document, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission probe, Mars Express spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey spacecraft have collectively found that there is not much carbon dioxide left on the planet to start with significant greenhouse warming in the atmosphere. He came to the conclusion that the treatment of the fourth rock by the sun is practically impossible with modern technologies.
musk followed this on Twitter saying "there is a huge amount of CO2 adsorbed into the soil that is released when heated." Find a magazine went into a deeper dive with that statement asking scientists if this can actually work. Bruce Jakoski, NASA's Mars MAVEN mission leader and lead author of the document, said that although CO2 is absorbed in Martian soil, extracting it is not an easy process with modern technology. Jakoski suggested that there were two options where a person could import or produce a huge amount of CFC gas that could be released into the atmosphere, and the second was to build a massive mirror like Mars, to heat the surface quickly, releasing the trapped CO2. . However, the amount of CO2 released will not be able to achieve comparable air pressure on Earth at sea level.
Whether or not the idea of building Mars with nuclear weapons works, the space company Musk SpaceX is working on a Starship spacecraft that will eventually transport humans to the moon. The Starship spacecraft will aim to travel to Mars in the future and create a base on the planet.
SpaceX is working on building two Starship orbital prototypes Mk1 and Mk2 in gear in Texas and Florida, respectively. An early Star Ship prototype named Starhopper completed several tests before then, and it will conduct another one shortly after delayed for "hazard analysis" from the FAA. A date for the next Starhopper flight test has not yet been announced.
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