Washington: In order to take some assistance from the public on how its astronauts can endure the harsh atmosphere on the Red Planet, NASA has announced a CO2 Conversion Challenge. Mars, as we know has plenty of CO2.
The agency wants to leverage the planet's natural resource to make it useful for the astronauts.
The public now has to find ways to turn carbon dioxide into compounds which would be useful on Mars, Engadget reported.
The challenge will focus on glucose and the first phase will require teams to submit their design explaining their approach. Five teams could win USD 50,000 each.
The second phase of the challenge will require the selected teams to build and demonstrate their solutions.
Winning candidate from the group could win up to USD 750,000.
The registrations are open and participants can submit their entries until February 28, 2019.
The winners are likely to be announced by April.