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Elon Musk's comment to Stephen Colbert was great for sensational headlines, but there is some science behind the idea of thermonuclear terraforming. See more at http://www.newsy.com/ Follow Kate Grumke: http://www.twitter.com/kgrumke Sources: NASA http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20111110.html CBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV6hP9wpMW8 Videoblocks https://www.videoblocks.com/video/billowing-industrial-smokestackdetailed-smoke/?sguid=dcfc198f-0ceb-4129-9c2e-ccd852cdfed1&sslid=edaf18e7-393c-42bd-978e-286556f05a44&tab=subscription NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoUy4lsgRo8 NASA http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mars/homework PBS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL7O5O7U4Gs NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4boyXQuUIw NASA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1SgmFa0r04 NASA http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/multimedia/gallery/pia11508.html 20th Century Fox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8 Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-elon-musk-mars-20150910-htmlstory.html U.S. Army https://archive.org/details/0707_Atomic_Bomb_Blast_Effects Image via: NASA http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mars/homework
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k (44 minutes ago)
What it their life on Mars and we killed them
Jastaman 1 (11 days ago)
if nukes can save it, they definitely destroyed it.
Paul Liddle (26 days ago)
Or just send loads off ships that crash with the gases needed from this planet two birds with one stone or two planets with one gas
donald scott (27 days ago)
Aka we want to do it and not elon
Ardakapalasan (1 month ago)
Ant-Arctica in the winter
killerbob03 (1 month ago)
NASA saying "Natural State"... Come on Mars is useless right now, lets give it life.
muffel baer (1 month ago)
Elon is nuked in its brain
FjorgVanDerPlurgh (2 months ago)
Shows a picture of steam and claims its greenhouse gases...these idiots have no clue what theyre talking about
Kayleb Moore (2 months ago)
It's a waste if money unless your paying for it your self
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Again . . . Why do astronauts leave their wallets behind ? ? ?
ScoobyDoobster (2 months ago)
we like to keep everything natural. except the one planet we live on, lets fucking use everything until we end up killing ourselves our our planet.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Kill a tree . . . so you can write a magazine article about saving trees . . . All men plume themselves on the improvement of society . . . and no man improves - Ralph Waldo Emerson -
ruatsanga white (2 months ago)
Matt damon hahahah
Commander November (2 months ago)
Why dont we ship the pollution to mars? 😂
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Pollution is the Earth's way of saying . . . I don't like what you are doing . . . but I understand . . . you are only human ! ! ! I say . . . Would be helpful if we could somehow learn to be humane ! ! !
I actually see where he is going with this
Hugh Moore u r smart.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
I think you finally figured it out . . . a bunch of ATLASt rockets tied together with bungee cords (minus the warheads . . . of course) that would be so affordable we could send the homeless and still make money ! ! ! And think of all the money we would save just getting rid of those stupid warheads (maintenance costs) and putting an end to homelessness at the same time ! ! !
Hugh Moore ATLEAST I PUT A SPACE BETWEEN WILL AND LOSE
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Don't play stupid with me . . . YOU WILLLLLLOSE ! ! !
Hugh Moore i see what you did there... •_•
Philip Cooper (2 months ago)
'mericans want to nuke everything.
Milkydromeda 7 (2 months ago)
Elon musk trying to make mars deader than it already is
Mars doesn't exist
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Actually . . . Earth was Mars at one time before the Venusians migrated here ! ! !
UniDolphin (2 months ago)
What if we nuke mars and then find a huge underground bunker filled with hundreds or even thousands of aliens inside?
Juan Diego Lima (2 months ago)
wat about radiation?
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
What ? ? ? Sun irradiates the Earth 24/7 and no one complains about that ! ! !
James Brooks (2 months ago)
Why the MOXIE is not the first option is beyond me... This is like beating a mentally ill person to make them more intelligent. Though it may seem like Mr. Musk has a sound idea. The PvE is real. Machines could do this for us, and who knows, the nukes could release CO2 which could be lost to the ISM due to the gravitational make up. I suggest just drilling until you reach the core, insulate, then make your atmosphere from the inside. Similar to the movie The Matrix, the outside would be deadly, not machines killing, but lack of O2. It may smell like rotten eggs, but with enough time and insulation, a home could be made.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Ad execs we ain't . . .
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
I'm sure no one has to die if it is done correctly . . . Kinda like a small breathing apparatus that extracts the oxygen from the water and an anti-embolism suit
Carlos 11220 (2 months ago)
The travel & exploration of Earth by land or ships use to be dangerous. People died traveling & still do but no where near of that amount when we had primitive form of travel. Now what once took months of travel, now only takes hours, like going from Ny to Cali. I see traveling from earth to other planets in our solar system the same. With our first form of travel will take months & later just hours. Our biggest challenge is going to other solar systems
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
I'm sure no one has to die if it is done correctly . . . Kinda like a small breathing apparatus that extracts the oxygen from the water and an anti-embolism suit . . . Our biggest challenge . . . living in space . . . the (backward) reason we do not . . . we have done nothing to deserve this . . . One of the many reasons I do not like surprises . . . When we have earned this right . . . I'm sure we will . . .
RePuLse (2 months ago)
INTERPLANETARY WAR!!
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
WHERE ? ? ?
Melvin Jansen (2 months ago)
Cant we put Indians there? They will deficate publicly untill theres an atmosphere.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
I know my shit doesn't stink ! ! !
REMOTEBEAR (2 months ago)
mars was a thicc thot
Mr. Science (2 months ago)
Nuking wouldnt help as long we dont build a Magnatic field.
1quickster (2 months ago)
You will be in for a surprise that we are already there.
Stefan Jovanovic (2 months ago)
What if Earth was colonized the same way we want Mars to be?
Leiki Dragon (2 months ago)
Whoever invented those hanging tomatoes and hanging strawberry plants was so boss.
Yung Piss (2 months ago)
Virgin nasa vs the Chad elon musk
SitOnMyFace (2 months ago)
this would be a good way to dispose all the nukes we have.
Denis Matzerath (2 months ago)
Fellas the problem with mars is, that its magentic field is way to weak to allow an atmossphere. It doesn't matter on which way we create an atmossphere on mars, as soon as the first solar storm arrives, the atmossphere will be be blown out into the cosmos
Jacob Clement (2 months ago)
Nigga, it's mars. Blow the fuck outta of it if it makes it livable. If anybody argue's defending another fuckin planet that has literally nothing on it, instead of progressing humans to interplanetary travel, you deserve to stay on earth.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
And what is it about Hiroshima that we still do not understand ? ? ? Black wants out of the streets Yellow wants the country Red wants the country back And white wants out of this world - Jefferson Airplane - RIDE THE TIGER -
Alonzo Kidd (2 months ago)
If y'all niggas even touch Mars, imma tell Big Nigga. And Big Nigga fucks with Mars.
GRiMLiN 323 (2 months ago)
U know wat I'm thinking
DJTube (2 months ago)
Let’s fucking send it
St4yGr34t (2 months ago)
Mars was nuked centuries ago...
Ghastly Grinner (2 months ago)
NASA is basically worthless at this point
Chance Soethout (2 months ago)
I mean we already nuked the moon
Luke Williams (2 months ago)
I guess if you nuke mars, the elements produced from the nuke would help mars develop basics, i don’t know, perhaps
kakka626 (2 months ago)
Just take china to mars
Stanleh (2 months ago)
but what if Martians are real and we nuke a civilization and we get invaded by an alien species..
Qu1nnCS (2 months ago)
Elon Musck for president
III BAKURYU III (2 months ago)
Nuke it! It's not like we will do anything with or around Mars for another 40+ years anyways. Also, who cares about it's "natural state" we're going to f it up when we research it anyways. Nasa is just mad because Musk is actually wanting to do something sooner rather than much, much later.
Anon Ymous (2 months ago)
Mars is a light in the firmament good luck
Mystic wolve (2 months ago)
nasa wanted to nuke the dome back in the 50s so how are we gonna send nukes to mars if we can't get past the dome ???
The Last Targaryen (2 months ago)
fuck that who cares throw a nuke up there
young prodigy (2 months ago)
Nasa is fucking stupid with their protect enviorment bs. Mars is freezing cold and nuking it would be like putting a nice warm blanket over it
young prodigy (2 months ago)
Also we can't stay on earth forever
Native Pride (2 months ago)
Nuke mars then some alinen ships start flying out of it like its some kind of fucking bees nest. Lmao
Tom Hulme (2 months ago)
Collanise mars for future generations to fuck up
Zombiekiller5841 (2 months ago)
This is one of the questions I've been wondering. I thought it was impossible to terraform Mars because it's too cold and it's atmosphere is way too thin but I never thought about nukeing the poles to melt the ice to release the CO2 to make it hotter on Mars to rebuild the atmosphere. Oxygen isn't to hard after the Atmospheric pressure gets high enough you can plant trees to convert some of the CO2 into oxygen the oceans would reform because all of the water that used to be on Mars is still there just frozen if the planet warms up it would allow that water to melt. And bingo you have terraformed Mars now the only problem is keeping the atmosphere because Mars magnetic field is weaker than Earth's that means solar winds will cause the atmosphere to slowly vanish again unless we could burn fuel on Mars and basically create a global warming scenario to keep the planet warm then the atmosphere would thin out and the water would refreeze.
Scourge (2 months ago)
NASA can fuck off, their space program is getting shutdown cause what have they done for us lately?
Midironica (2 months ago)
Nuking Mars sounds attractive, but discussions of terraforming Mars always seem to ignore the crucial fact of what made Mars a frozen waste in the first place, the lack of a magnetosphere. Other people have said this in the comments but it can't be stated enough...Terraforming Mars without first doing something to give the planet defenses against solar radiation would be a titanic waste. Simply terraforming Mars without dealing with the magnetosphere problem would only end up with Mars becoming impossible to make habitable after a few generations of solar radiation sweeping Mar's atmosphere into space.
CLOROX Bleach (2 months ago)
Stupid that’s big business. You want to nuke it send a large piece of ice at it. Then you would have atmosphere.
tr4nc3f0rm3r (2 months ago)
The cheapest way to colonize Mars is to colonize the Moon before. It just doesn't make sense to go that far before having advanced the technology enough by colonizing our nearest satellite.
RandomAndrei (2 months ago)
obviously it will spread radiation
Leonel Martucci (2 months ago)
it's stupid in the sense that it wouldn't even begin to solve the most difficult problem about colonizing Mars, which is the lack of a magnetosphere. A place like Titan would be easier to colonize
Keryilias (2 months ago)
this is actually quite brilliant
DaiBenduMonk (2 months ago)
There’s a meteor belt not too far away, we should fly those to Mars and Crash them into it instead
packson jollock (2 months ago)
so do we just leave every planet in its natural state? how will we ever colonise anything if we think like that
Galvatorrix (2 months ago)
Actually, Nuking mars is the dumbest idea. First of all, Trying to Terraform a planet ourselves is next to impossible and second, sending people there is also dumb because of the Galactic cosmic rays thats cause humans to become sick with radiation. Our planet has a thick atmosphere which blocks these cosmic rays from hurting us, On mars however, it does not have any atmosphere so it would hurt the people that go there, a better idea would be to go to Titan, because it has water and a thick atmosphere
Kyle Bane (2 months ago)
We should tell Trump there are some illegal aliens on Mars planning to invade the united states. That will certainly make Trump nuke it.
hadron89 (2 months ago)
Ugh. The people here thinking it's brutish or unthoughtful... We're talking about radically changing the climate of an entire planet in (relatively speaking) no time AT ALL. Of course that's going to take stupid amounts of energy coupled with a runaway effect that exponentially builds on itself. That's the only way to get there anywhere near fast enough (talking centuries). The slow way would take a million years.
E_M_E_T (2 months ago)
NASA is so full of shit. They're still living in the 70s, it's so pathetic. Privatized space exploration is the obvious next step and suddenly when they're too lazy to do anything their response is "oh but the environment".... where's that attitude on Earth?
Buddy Graham (2 months ago)
elons my hero
MK Броз (2 months ago)
Okay shut the fuck up, HE DOESN'T WANT TO , HE ANSWERED A QUESTION .. HOW CAN WE MAKE MARS INHABITABLE.
Supremax67 (2 months ago)
So if I understand correctly, Elon wants to Nuke, NASA doesn't. Okay boys, looks like we are nuking!
Edgar Ortiz (2 months ago)
Hmmm. So now that we have failed to preserve our planet and maintain it's viability we have become the monsters that we fear in all those alien invasion movies . We fucked up our own planet , lets go fuck up another one . Wow , it just goes to show you , we arent advanced at all .Mr .Smith was right .Mankind is just a virus .We consume and destroy all that is good .
Edgar Ortiz (2 months ago)
Hugh Moore ...No , the Matrix
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Men In Black (MIB Smith) ? ? ?
BADBOYONE (2 months ago)
No penguins? Then what's the point?
Erotic Nigglet (2 months ago)
The solar system is our play ground given to us by god. Fuck preserving shit. We need to start colonizing other planets. I want to see it happen before i die
Jared Leon (2 months ago)
Let's do it how we did it in the 1800's don't u think?
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
What . . . ? Build a railroad to Mars ! ? !
TRDogukan61 (2 months ago)
Lets do it, at least we will get rid of them here on earth.
toseeornot2see (2 months ago)
Why does NASA have a problem with nuking a dead planet to bring it life?
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
Maybe because they realize . . . There is no light at the end of this tunnel . . . Just a blinding flash . . . Ten times brighter than the sun . . . and after that . . . the usual darkness . . . that makes us all think . . . that we must have gotten in the wrong line when God was handing out brains.
tixximmi1 (2 months ago)
He might want to try Permaculture Principles first. Might take a while but it would work.
Grizz Cmt (2 months ago)
Why don't we send dead Bodies to mars?!? Isn't bacteria key of life so can't human bacteria adapt and reproduce?!?!
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
In fact . . . They are looking for volunteers . . . Problem is . . . You have to be dead before you can volunteer . . . But there is a court case involving someone who is brain dead and wants to . . .
bradleysstuff (2 months ago)
so what you're saying is we need to send more cars to mars
Fallen Spike (3 months ago)
needing Decades to terraform is REALLY FAST
Luis S. (3 months ago)
After years, decades, and even centuries of coming up with excuses and excuses of reasons why not to exterminate the human race, aliens are not gonna be so generous after such a tragedy.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
How To Serve Man . . . (It's an alien cookbook . . . check it out)
ِ (3 months ago)
Imagine if they nuke mars and it somehow makes toast at 20km's an hour at the same thing with my family?
Cuffka (3 months ago)
Think if Mars became the industrial backbone of humanity while we keep earth clean.
Hugh Moore (2 months ago)
I always knew . . . Earthlings were a bunch of spineless whimps . . .
Weeb's Gaming (3 months ago)
Even though this idea seems ok... The fact that Mars is not as round as Earth and has no Magnetic field to protect against the sun would still make the planet unable to sustain life.
Ragnarok (3 months ago)
Well, if there are no other options known to make Mars Habitable, why not, or find an altetnative solution to make Mars habitable and colonize it? Or we can just do nothing and just wait for our world to eventually become inhabitable and thus our race dies out.
BasePuma4007 (3 months ago)
LOL they don't address the fact that all that released CO2 would just get stripped away from Mars again by the solar wind. Mars has no magnetic field... I'm pretty sure that would be a colossally stupid waste of money.
Anon F (3 months ago)
They act like he is the one who came up with the idea, I remember thinking this as a kid. Not much of a revelation. Get off the guys dick
Vince Drawing (3 months ago)
I love Musk, and he's a genius to me. But this is a NASA original idea from the research they did on terraformation back in 2005~2010
Venom Snake (3 months ago)
"Mars needs..." Moms. Mars. Needs. Moms.
CT Spoder (3 months ago)
steal all Russia's nukes
Computer Tech (3 months ago)
Everyone pack your bags we're leaving North Korea behind!
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Cranjis McBasketball (3 months ago)
1:06 knee-jerk reaction was white walkers from Game of Thrones. Classic mixup.
Fruit Cake (3 months ago)
When you go way too far on a Science Victory in Civilization
Kasen is Twisted (3 months ago)
Elonius Muskius
porgioli (3 months ago)
it is a good idea everything works what he seas but what to do with the radiation???
Lightning LJ (3 months ago)
So elon musk wants to america the hell out of mars..
Memes n Shet (3 months ago)
Get a better mic plz
icecreeper01 (3 months ago)
What if we got everyone to bottle their greenhouse gasses(put giant balloons on top of factories) then send the gas to mars and release it
Mighty echo Meteor (3 months ago)
Elon musk is so smart about nuking mars...😒😒
Jeffrey Roark (3 months ago)
Soooo going from 95% to 100% is going to make all the difference? He's fucking with you! Two of his business are based on the CO2 greenhouse effect and everyone's belief in it.
Servo (3 months ago)
So we need to send all the republicans to mars?
Badboy DCX (3 months ago)
Persevering nature? *Fuck that LETS NUKE THE PLANET*
DυntAskMeh (3 months ago)
They should send osama on mars, or ask kim jong un for nukes
afroamerican kirin (3 months ago)
Who the fuck do we think we are to nuke another planet ?

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