Elon Musk wants to give Mars two mini-suns

The technical focus might be on getting to Mars, but SpaceX founder Elon Musk already has plans to terraform the red planet.

Basically, he wants to shoot nukes above the planet’s poles to simulate our sun’s effects, which would (hopefully) kick-start efforts to warm the planet and make it potentially more suitable for human occupation.

While speaking at the SolarCity solar panel launch event Musk said…

“What I was talking about, was having a series of very large, by our standards, but very small by calamity standards, essentially having two tiny pulsing suns over the poles. They’re really above the planet. Not on the planet. Every several seconds, send large fusion bombs over the poles. A lot of people don’t appreciate that our sun is a giant fusion explosion … So if you have two basically tiny suns over the pole that would warm up the planet. Then you would gasify frozen carbon dioxide, thicken the atmosphere and warm up the water and all of that would have a greenhouse effect. Have a cascading effect to continue warming up the planet.”

Source: Blastr

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Originally from Minnesota in the United States, Dave has lived all over.  He currently makes his home in Ottawa, Ontario Canada where he lives with his wife and stepdaughter.  Dave works as an on-air announcer at Boom 99-7 (CJOT.) One of his first sci-fi memories was that of watching Star Trek the original series in reruns on Sunday mornings so, as you can imagine, that made quite the impression and was one of the inspirations for founding the Galactic Netcasts network in 2011. You can hear Dave on The Alien Invasion, The SciFi Geeks Club and Weird World Weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @davenelsonvoice