NASA successfully created oxygen on Mars

The device that takes advantage of the in-situ oxygen-generating resources on Mars, abbreviated as Moxie, is integrated with the Perseverance rover within the framework of NASA’s Mars exploration mission. The current instance is built to run for short periods of time, turning on and off after each run.

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The results of research conducted at the end of 2021 show that Moxie was able to produce oxygen at seven test runs, in the conditions of the red planet’s carbon dioxide (CO2)-rich atmosphere, including daytime and early morning. night and through different seasons. Each run, Moxie achieves its goal of generating 6 grams of oxygen per hour, equivalent to the capacity of a small tree trunk on earth. Scientists hope that when at full capacity, Moxie can generate enough oxygen to support humans when they reach Mars.

“We need a lot of oxygen, maybe 25 tons of oxygen just to lift four astronauts,” said Michael Hecht, a participant in the Moxie mission at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Haystack Observatory. from the surface of Mars. We can bring that from Earth. However, that is not sustainable in the long run and very expensive in the short term. So being able to control things for extraterrestrial life would be great. Moxie is a big step in that direction.”

The researchers suggest an enlarged version of the Moxie device could be sent to Mars, to continuously produce oxygen at the rate of hundreds of trees, before humans ever set foot here.

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