NASA’s Green Initiatives

Have you ever thought about all the pollution that results every time a NASA spacecraft is launched?  The current fuel, hydrazine, is a highly-toxic chemical that creates an excessive amount of pollution.  This fuel is being used for its efficiency and the fact that it can be stored for long periods of time.  Although it is efficient, hydrazine costs the organization an ample amount of money.  In using hydrazine, NASA experiences many challenges related to the fuels highly destructive and toxic characteristics.  So if hydrazine is highly toxic, costly, and has a negative impact on the environment, then why is it still being used?

NASA has created an initiative to find a new propellant that serves as a green alternative.  The organization is hoping to find a fuel that works just as well as the current fuel while creating a smaller impact on the environment.  This green initiative is taking place in order to find a fuel that will not be as hazardous and would not produce as much pollution.  NASA is looking for this new propellant in order to save money, improve performance and overcome present hassles. Think you’ve got what it takes? View the announcement and instructions to submit your solution here.


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