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Elon Musk just doubled down on his theory on why nuking Mars would be a good idea

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  • Elon Musk tweeted "Nuke Mars" on Thursday.
  • Musk has championed the idea of launching nuclear weapons just over Mars' poles since 2015. He believes it will help warm the planet and make it more hospitable for human life.
  • The idea is to release the CO2 trapped inside Mars' ice caps, producing a greenhouse effect.
  • A study done in 2018 concluded that using Mars' CO2 to replicate the Earth's atmosphere would be impossible with today's technology.
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Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday evening "Nuke Mars." A few hours later he followed it up with "T-shirt soon."

Although the tweet is in Musk's typically flippant style, the billionaire has long championed the idea of firing nuclear weapons at the red planet with the aim of terraforming it — i.e. making the surface habitable for humans.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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