Tesla’s Elon Musk: Nuking Mars can make it more like Earth

10 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Stephen Colbert tries to get Elon Musk to admit he’s a supervillain.

Tesla TSLA -0.93% and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has long been fascinated by Mars, and on Wednesday night he shared with viewers of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” some of his plans for making it a more hospitable place for humans.

Stephen Colbert started out his interview with billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk on Wednesday’s Late Show by comparing him to Tony Stark, the fictional billionaire tech mogul who is also Iron Man, asking, “Are you really trying to save the world?” Musk said that “he’s trying to do good things.” Colbert pointed out that he’s trying to do good things and he’s a billionaire, which “seems a little bit like either superhero or supervillain —you have to choose one.” Musk demurred. The fast way, according to Musk, would be to drop thermonuclear weapons on the poles of Mars, which would warm the planet and would trigger a chain reaction that releases carbon dioxide into the Martian atmosphere, and then continues to warm the planet. Nerves aside, Musk made an interesting guest for Colbert’s second-ever Late Show—once Colbert got the requisite super-villain joke (to which Musk did not seem to have a good response) out of the way and got down to real talk: How are we going to warm up Mars to support biological life? When Stephen showed a clip of Tesla’s creepy prototype recharging robot, asking “is that thing gonna attack me in my sleep?,” Musk quipped in return: “For the prototype, I’d recommend not dropping anything while you’re near it.”

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