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The goal of living on Mars is getting some media attention (because everyone continues to want to save Matt Damon apparently). It's seriously difficult to live on Mars unless we make some major changes to its atmosphere and climate, and somehow turn the clock back to make Mars warmer and more water-friendly. People are thinking about ways to terraform Mars, but it's an enormous project that isn't quite environmentally friendly to our alien neighbors (if they exist). After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: biosphere 2, colonization, elon musk, mars, microbes, nuclear weapons, space, space exploration, terraforming


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    Pixelation, 19 Oct 2015 @ 6:13pm

    "he's talking about exploding nuclear fusion bombs above BOTH the north and south poles of Mars"

    Woohoo everyone! Mars is inhabitable...by cockroaches.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Oct 2015 @ 6:17pm

    Musk's nuke idea is frankly retarded. You can get the same level of warming from dropping asteroids on mars without all the negatives of nukes. Shit, you can even use the asteroid drops to help sculpt the terrain to your liking too.

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      Anonymous Coward, 19 Oct 2015 @ 11:18pm

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      Comets would be better. Same effect + water.

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), 20 Oct 2015 @ 7:02am

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      Oy. How do people not realize that what he said, while being interviewed by a comedian, was a freaking joke? I bet he's laughing his head off right about now, seeing so many people taking "Elon Musk wants to nuke Mars" seriously. Even a cursory look at the math shows that the idea simply doesn't work; give the guy some credit for being enough of an engineer to know that.

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      Brazilian Guy, 21 Oct 2015 @ 8:08am

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      So, what do you suggest we use to steer the asteroids and comets onto Mars? Maybe Nukes?

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Oct 2015 @ 6:50pm

    Oh boy! There is another planet for humans to destroy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Oct 2015 @ 11:22pm

    If you want to sustain "artificial suns", for however long, how can you drop a nuke into one to set off another bomb? Not to mention that Mars' atmosphere is way thin and I doubt you could heat up a ball of gas like that there.

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    scotts13 (profile), 20 Oct 2015 @ 6:05am

    Good practice

    It's most likely Mars is already dead. Terraforming efforts there would be good practice for when we need them on Earth. If only there was a cheap way to ship most of Venus's atmosphere to Mars...

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    David (profile), 20 Oct 2015 @ 7:02am

    Atmosphere will be a problem

    Considering that Mar's gravity is little more than 1/3 of Earth's, I doubt that it will hold enough of an atmosphere. The atmospheric pressure on Mars is 1% of Earths. More air can be generated but can Mar hold enough to be breathable?

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      Will Waters (profile), 20 Oct 2015 @ 7:22am

      Re: Atmosphere will be a problem

      Titan's atmosphere is almost 50% more dense than ours. Based on gravity alone, if one were to give Mars a breathable atmosphere, it would last a long time (relative to us, not geologically). The issue is the lack of magnetic field on Mars which means the solar wind would constantly strip off the atmosphere, starting with the lighter elements.

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