The Red Planet i.e. Mars has a plenty of carbon dioxide CO2 and scientist are doing their researching to use that in the best way possible. American space agency NASA now announced a challenge for people all around the world that excite many of those people who are interested in scientific research. The NASA Scientists are asking for ideas suggestion on how its astronauts can survive on Mars. Mars’ natural resource is CO2 which is 96% and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking to leverage the Red Planet’s natural resource to make it useful for the astronauts. This also means there is no oxygen for survival. That’s why NASA came up with this idea.
Engadget, a technology blog reported that NASA wants everyone to find ways to convert carbon dioxide into compounds that would be useful on Mars. Indeed, it isn’t wrong to say that NASA has come up with a beneficence idea which will bring many interested students up and that will be helpful for their future.
The challenge will focus on glucose and the first phase will require teams to submit their design explaining their approach.
Five teams could win $50,000 each. The second phase of the challenge will require the selected teams to build and demonstrate their solutions. The winning candidate from the group could win up to $750,000.
The registrations are open and participants can submit their entries until February 28 next year. The winners are likely to be announced by April. So are you ready for NASA’s “CO2 Conversion Challenge”?
Talking about Mars’ atmosphere, in only 4% there are mixes of gases like argon and nitrogen and almost no oxygen which is the only valuable thing for astronauts to survive on the planet. The atmosphere is very thin, however, and the atmospheric pressure at the surface of Mars is only about 0.6% of Earth’s (101,000 pascals).
According to data from NASA, Mars may have had a thicker atmosphere early in its history. It’s just a matter of time that Mars has lost all of it beneficial aspect for life on Mars. The primary culprit for Mars’ atmospheric loss is the solar wind, as per NASA’s website information.