On Earth, plants convert CO2 into some of
the essentials we need to survive. On Mars, there are no plants, but there is
a lot of CO2. What if there was a way to use Martian CO2 to create the essentials we need to survive away from Earth? If we can find a way to convert carbon dioxide into sugar molecules, we could feed microorganisms in bioreactors. These multifunctional bioreactors would act just like little farms on Mars, creating the resources we need to survive, on demand. Food, medicine, vitamins and even construction materials. NASA’s CO2 Conversion Challenge is working to do just that, so that one day these little bioreactor farms on Mars could behave a little more like plants on Earth.