Elon Musk Proposes Using Solar Reflectors Instead of Nukes to Warm Up Mars

Elon Musk Proposes Using Solar Reflectors Instead of Nukes to Warm Up Mars

A student had earlier proposed a similar idea of using orbital mirrors for “terraforming” a small area

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Musk has still not given up on his “Nuke Mars” plan
  • A research had earlier found his nuke plan won’t work
  • Musk has not shared any specifics on the giant mirror plan

Elon Musk is pushing a new idea to make the Mars atmosphere more hospitable to humans. The Tesla CEO believes that it makes more sense to place thousands of satellites (essentially as giant mirrors) to reflect Sun’s rays, rather than nuking the poles of the planet. Musk has been positing the “Nuke Mars” idea for the last few years and in fact, he very recently showcased Nuke Mars t-shirts on Twitter. But now, it looks like he may have had a change of heart.

“Might make sense to have thousands of solar reflector satellites ???? to warm Mars vs artificial suns (tbd),” Musk tweeted on Tuesday. By artificial suns, he is referring to his Nuke Mars theory which he explained in a subsequent tweet.

“Nuke Mars refers to a continuous stream of very low fallout nuclear fusion explosions above the atmosphere to create artificial suns. Much like our sun, this would not cause Mars to become radioactive,” Musk wrote.

Musk hopes that by blowing up poles of Mars, enough CO2 will be released to help with heating up the planet and making it more hospitable to humans.

He even defended the “Nuke Mars” theory and called it “not risky.”