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Magnetizing Mars. Is This How We Could Do it?

As many of you know, mars has no magnetic field and thus has a very thin and toxic atmosphere because of constant solar wind. If we ever hope to inhabit Mars, we HAVE TO magnetize it. I don't know if anyone else has come up with what I'm about to propose, but I didn't steal this idea. Mars has an iron core, so, in theory, you could magnetize the core of mars like a bar magnet. How I think you could do this is by drilling to the core of the planet on both poles. Then you construct colossal electromagnets and expose the core to a powerful magnetic fields, then, you zap the iron core with thousand's of kilowatts of electricity. Doing this, as far as I'm concerned, would magnetize the core of the planet with out heating it up. The resulting magnetic field would also be much stronger than a normal planets field since high temperature isn't involved. Please, tell me what you think.

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    Aug 20 2012: You would need a really really long extension cord.
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      Aug 20 2012: I repeat. Helpful.
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        Aug 20 2012: I am. Just pointing out that you have not yet conceptualized "then, you zap the iron core with thousand's of kilowatts of electricity" as an operational application.
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          Aug 20 2012: You can transmit power through the air you know. That's why Nikola Tesla was such a big deal. He discovered radio and developed power transmission without cords.
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        Aug 20 2012: So like an interplanetary lightening strike? I like it:)

        Not sure if there is air between here and mars though.

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