In a recent interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Elon Musk said that nuking Mars would be a quick way to warm up the atmosphere so that humans could live on it. He explained that the nukes would need to be dropped at the poles for this to work. His idea could work in theory, but might take centuries to complete with adverse effects, reports International Business Times.
Michael Mann, Penn State University’s director of the Earth System Science Center, claims that the Elon Musk’s suggestion to nuke Mars could backfire. He claims that dust and other particles that would be thrown into the air from the explosions could actually cause the planet to go into a nuclear winter, reports U.S. News & World Report.
Elon Musk also mentioned that there was a slow way to warm Mars up without nuking it. This would require slowly adding greenhouse gases to the planet. Another argument against’ Musk’s nuke idea is that it could destroy any potential life that could be found on the planet, International Business Times notes.