NASA uses equipment carried by the Perseverance rover to manufacture oxygen on Mars.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully created oxygen on Mars, bringing the goal of sending humans there one day that much closer.
The device Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE), which was carried by the Perseverance rover in anticipation of astronauts’ arrival on Mars, was used to create the oxygen.
Currently, MOXIE can produce six grams of oxygen every hour, which is equal to the output of one Earthly tree.

“It’s a prototype of a small engine that will produce oxygen out of thin air. Thin air on Mars means carbon dioxide. We need this of course so that future astronauts will be able to breathe,” said Michael Hecht of the MIT Haystack Observatory.

“We need far more oxygen to light up a rocket to take the astronauts home again.”

96% of the atmosphere of Mars is carbon dioxide.
In order to produce enough oxygen for hundreds of trees on Earth, NASA intends to build a larger MOXIE.
If successful, it clears the way for a power plant that would produce the oxygen astronauts would need to survive on the planet.

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