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Old 09-28-2015, 12:28 PM   #1  
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The phrase "nuke it from orbit" gets thrown around a lot these days...


A while back, I re-posted a humorous essay which proposed that as a step to achieving world peace, the US needed to nuke the moon.

Apparently Elon Musk was listening.

Musk, who has a habit of coming up with zany ideas and then transforming them into workable business models (Tesla Motors, SpaceX, etc) has proposed, with a straight face, that the fastest and easiest way to terraform Mars into a habitable planet is to nuke it from orbit. Specifically, to drop numerous megaton-class thermonuclear weapons on the poles.

Elon Musk's new idea: Nuke Mars - CNN.com
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interesting, i have proposed nuking the middle east and south asia...
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Would it be considered a preemptive strike or an act of unprovoked aggression?

"We need more living space. Give me the Sudatenland," demanded Musk.
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"We need more living space. Give me the Sudatenland," demanded Musk.


I just spit a little bit of tea on my keyboard.


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Soooo... How do you generate a magnetic field like the one Earth has. So that all the radiation is blocked.

Clouds and an atmosphere from what I understand, does not block radiation.
Then again, i'm no professional.
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Slice planet in half, scoop out the middle with a giant melon baller, replace core with a large mass of ferrous metal, glue the two halves back together.

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Mars has no iron?


The god of war has no swords?
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Mars has no iron?


The god of war has no swords?
It's currently filled with unobtainium, which, while great for making "S-Words", is entirely non-magnetic.

Nah, it's probably Iron, just like earth's.
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There was an article in today's NY Times where NASA is concerned that we don't **** Mars up with our human microbes.

I should think a little radiation from a nuclear burst would fix that.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/sc...tionfront&_r=0
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