NASA has succeeded in producing oxygen on the red planet

This is important news for the conquest of space. The NASA has just confirmed that it has succeeded in producing, on Marsenough oxygen to allow an astronaut to breathe for one hundred minutes, reports New Scientist in an article relayed by Slate.

The device had been sent to the red planet in February 2021, at the same time as the Perseverance rover. Called Moxie, for “Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment”, it sucks up Martian carbon dioxide, then raises the temperature of the air to around 800°C, which allows the oxygen atoms to be excerpts from CO2. He thus produced fifteen minutes of oxygen per hour, out of a total of seven hours.

“A Brilliant Success”

The teams that participated in this project were pleased with the results. The oxygen produced would be of very high purity. “It’s a brilliant success,” said Michael Hecht of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

NASA would therefore plan to develop a similar larger device in order to produce enough oxygen to supply a team during its entire stay and allow its return trip to Earth. But the challenge is daunting: it will be necessary to ship larger machines to Mars and, above all, to produce oxygen without interruption for at least 400 days.

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