This now all open to all the nerds who always wished to beat NASA with their intellects and laboratory skills. If you outlasted Matt Damon on Mars, NASA has just the open-competition for you.
With a potential prize of 1 million dollars, the government space agency NASA is inviting the public to their submit ideas and testimonies of how to turn carbon dioxide, present in abundance on the red planet just beside ours, into glucose, which is basically for human consumption purposes. The goal is mainly to allow astronauts interested to visit Mars with minimal materials and ultimately leading to the idea of enabling humans to live and thrive on the planet without any food supply.
Meanwhile coming back to Earth and its functioning, this invention can also use some CO2 levels here on the planet which is presently exceeding their limits they’ve ever touched. So, internally this will help in contributing towards climate change. NASA is determined to implement successful methods of converting CO2 to glucose at home as well by simplifying the techniques as required by the general public; with such innovations in hand we could put waste and atmospheric CO2 to good use as well as cut down their level in the atmosphere.
Don’t be disappointed so easily, if not that you will still help get humans to Mars and that is what we are all ultimately excited for, isn’t it? Through the Centennial Challenges Program, which is aiming to stimulate innovation inside and outside the traditional aerospace community, NASA stated for help in controlling a humanoid robot with a simulated mission on Mars and with help in building “sustainable housing for deep space.”
If you assume that it’s just NASA trying to get people on Mars, then you are mistaken. Boeing and SpaceX are also working towards the plan for obtaining a platform in which humans can travel to and inhabit Mars, with Elon Musk statement that SpaceX could begin a mission to Mars as early as 2022 advocates this idea more strongly.
Entries for the CO2 Conversion Challenge are open through January 24, 2019. So grab your opportunity now!