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Billionaire Elon Musk has claimed that his SpaceX programme is starting to look into taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, in order to turn it into rocket fuel.
He Tweeted the news earlier today, adding that it will be “important for Mars”, and called on anyone interested in this to “join” him.
Musk, who was named as TIME's person of the year on Monday, is looking to reverse the apparent damage his rockets have caused, given that they currently use kerosene as fuel, which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at present.
This goes alongside the Xprize Carbon Removal, which was launched earlier this year.
It sees the winner given £80 million for having the best carbon removal technology.
Launching the prize, which officially came into being on April 22, 2021 (also know as Earth Day), he said: “We want to make a truly meaningful impact.
Carbon negativity, not neutrality.
“This is not a theoretical competition; we want teams that will build real systems that can make a measurable impact and scale to a gigaton level.
“Whatever it takes – time is of the essence.”
If Musk's plans to make rocket fuel from carbon dioxide prove a success, then it appears that he is hoping this will help with his long-term plans to colonise Mars.
His SpaceX company is currently developing a deep-space rocket which could travel to Mars, and take humans there, too.
He has previously claimed that a manned mission to the red plant would take place in just five years time, in 2026.
He is also hoping to be able to drill for natural gas in Texas, which can also be used to power his rockets – thus also filling the void of the US Government's attempts at closing oil fields in the Lone Star state.
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