“Join us if you are interested!” In a tweet published on December 13 at the end of the evening, the whimsical boss of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, revealed that his company was going to launch a program to extract carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Earth’s atmosphere, relay Business Insider. This in order to make it a fuel for rockets. He added that it would be “also important for Mars”.
With this announcement, the billionaire, just awarded the title of man of the year by Time magazine, is somehow committed to the climate by using emissions that contribute to global warming. Very quickly, on social networks, the businessman’s proposal woke up the most skeptical, pointing out that they did not believe in the viability of the project, specifies Bloomberg.
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Soon humans on Mars?
But for SpaceX, this project could turn out to be important as it has become a service provider for NASA, for example. The company would eventually like to send humans to Mars, maybe in 2026. At the same time, SpaceX is also planning drilling in Texas to extract natural gas there that could be used to power its spacecraft.
This initiative to extract CO2 from the Earth’s atmosphere would instead rely on live air capture, but the technology is still in its infancy. As Business Insider recalls, Elon Musk had already announced the “XPrize Carbon Removal” endowed with 100 million dollars. It is a technology capable of removing carbon from the atmosphere. Elected personality of the year 2021, Elon Musk does not stop talking about him. With each of his words on Twitter, the stock market can panic. This new technology could further revolutionize the space sector.
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