Elon Musk, 48, knows unusual tweets and cryptic news, which he shares with his 27.8 million Twitter followers. But the South African billionaire surpassed himself today (16 August) when he apparently declared war on the planet Mars. In an enigmatic tweet in two words, the CEO of SpaceX called for attacking the Red Planet with nuclear weapons. The message from Mr. Musk was received with a flood of responses from around the world.
SpaceX is also developing the spaceship – an interplanetary launcher designed to carry people to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
However, this is not the first time that Mr. Musk has proposed dropping atomic bombs on Mars.
In 2015, he appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he talked about terraforming the Red Planet to make it habitable for humans.
According to Mr. Musk, the fastest way to create a warmer climate on Mars is to drop nuclear bombs on the planet's southern and northern poles.
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The idea, he argued, is the detonation of fusion bombs on Mars to create miniaturized stars.
Mr. Musk said, "Many people do not appreciate that our sun is a big fusion explosion."
The proposal, however, met with skepticism from the scientific community.
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Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado, who led the study, said, "Our findings indicate that there is not enough CO2 left on Mars to produce significant greenhouse warming when the gas is released into the atmosphere.
"In addition, most of the CO2 gas is inaccessible and could not easily be mobilized.
"As a result, today's technology makes it impossible to terraform Mars."
As for Mr. Musk's tweets, the SpaceX chief said in April 201