While scientists across the globe have been long researching about the possibility of life on Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has altogether a different plan to make the Red Planet habitable for humans - as indicated by his latest post on Twitter. "Nuke Mars!," Musk tweeted on Friday adding that t-shirts are coming soon with same message printed on it. For those interested, the t-shirts with "Nuke Mars" tagline are already available on the SpaceX online shop.
However, this is not the first time that the Tesla CEO has shared his idea of bombing Mars with nuclear weapons. In an interview at Stephen Colbert’s late-night show in 2015, Musk discuss the same idea to make Mars a livable planet for humans. He also took his 'out of the box' plan to a 2017 journal named New Space detailing how humans could build a 1-million-person colony on Mars in less than a century.
T-shirt soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2019
Musk believes that a collision between Mars and nuclear weapons could help melt and release vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which would essentially create a greenhouse effect that raises the temperature and air pressure of the planet, leading to a really quick version of climate change.
Meanwhile, Musk's idea of selling the online TEEs with "Nuke Mars" message is considered to be an effort to get people's response to his idea of bombing the Red Planet. However, it is still unclear if the entrepreneur is really planning something this big in near or distant future.
Musk's company SpaceX's last launch took place on June 25, when one of its heftiest rockets with 24 research satellites took off, a middle-of-the-night rideshare featuring a deep space atomic clock, solar sail, a clean and green rocket fuel testbed, and even human ashes. It was the third flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket, but the first ordered up by the military.
Currently, it is testing a prototype version of its rocket to Mars called Starship, which Musk hopes will eventually send humans to Mars. NASA is also hoping to use rockets from SpaceX for future visits to the moon and Mars.