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Oxygen on Mars: Production of oxygen on Mars by NASA Perseverance Rover: the NASA rover made oxygen on Mars

The Perseverance Rover of the US space agency NASA, which set out in search of life on Mars, achieved another feat. He succeeded in creating oxygen in the extremely thin atmosphere of the Red Planet. For this, such a special device was installed in the rover. The name of this device is Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, i.e. MOXIE. Indeed, the oxygen necessary for life is less than 0.2% in the atmosphere of Mars.

This is how oxygen does

This car battery-sized robot is a small model of the device scientists want to send to Mars by 2030. MOXIE, like a tree, takes in carbon dioxide. It is designed specifically for the thin atmosphere of Mars. It splits the CO2 molecules into oxygen and carbon monoxide. Oxygen molecules together make up 99.2% of pure O2. It then releases breathable oxygen and carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. Oxigen will be stored in future large devices, which humans and rockets can use.

Goal of 10 grams of oxygen in one hour

MOXIE is a small experiment. Now, if it works as expected, it will be able to produce 10 grams of oxygen in an hour. Regarding the fact that carbon monoxide could be dangerous in the atmosphere, MOXIE principal investigator Michael Hett had reported that the gas would return to the atmosphere of Mars to meet oxygen and then turn into carbon dioxide. carbon.

Ingenuity has taken off

The Ingenuity helicopter, which arrived on Mars with Perverence Rover from the US space agency NASA, made history by flying. The Ingenuity helicopter took off from a makeshift helipad built in Jagero Crater on Mars. This is the first helicopter flight to a planet other than Earth. NASA’s Ingenuity performed its entire flight autonomously. This approximately 1.8 kg rotorcraft flew with its four carbon fiber blades, the blades of which can rotate at 2400 revolutions per minute. This speed is about 8 times the rotational speed of helicopter blades on land. This was done because the atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than that of Earth.

NASA takes ‘tree’ to Mars, will generate oxygen

NASA takes ‘tree’ to Mars, will generate oxygen

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