My brother and I have a bet: Would it be possible to blow up Mars?
By Elizabeth Svoboda
Posted 06.02.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
In a word: no. It would be impossible to destroy the Red Planet with any device scientists can build, let alone finance. Planets can survive enormous assaults; the Hellas Basin, a Martian crater about 1,300 miles wide, testifies to the planet having once collided with an asteroid so massive that the impact generated well over a hundred million megatons of energy. If a meteoroid that size were to hit Earth, it could wipe out life on an entire continent.
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