If you read the headline you’re probably as utterly confused as I am, but yep, Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce that we should nuke Mars.

The founder of Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company (who sold rocket launchers) has voiced his thoughts on why nuking Mars is a good idea.

I know, nuking anything, especially a planet we know very little about is probably not a good idea, but Elon has a pretty good reason for it.

Basically, he wants to take a big nuclear warhead to our neighbouring planet as part of his efforts to terraform and colonise Mars, according to Science Alert. Apparently the first step to colonisation is nuking the absolute shit out of the planet.

Although he only tweeted about it on Thursday, followed by a thread of other weird thoughts, the idea has been rattling around in Musk’s brain since 2015.

Trust him, it’ll be fire!

Yep. He also wants to sell “nuke Mars” t-shirts, so brb while I buy one.

Back in 2015, Elon discussed his plans for the “fixer-upper planet” with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show.

To dumb it down for everyone who isn’t a super-genius like Elon Musk, he reckons that if we bomb the planet’s poles and free up some carbon dioxide, we could increase the planet’s temperature to match the Earth’s.

However, scientists reckon this idea isn’t quite as good as the Tesla, warning that his idea would likely be a failure.

NASA researchers have done the maths, and apparently nuking the fuck out of Mars would release some carbon dioxide, but not even close to the amount needed to turn Mars into Earth 2.0.

So let that be a lesson to you, nukes don’t solve anyone’s problems. Not on Earth, not on Mars. No where. Don’t nuke.

Is Elon Musk the saviour of the world, or is he an absolute madman who’s going to nuke our only chance at a re-do when global warming turns the Earth to a flaming pile of garbage? Who knows.

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