By the official report, NASA’s Mars rover makes oxygen on another planet. Do you bother about your life on earth for various reasons? In a word, Congratulation, NASA is working for you to provide another planet.
NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars. It can convert carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen. The U.S. space agency said on Wednesday.
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The growing list of “firsts” for Perseverance, NASA’s newest six-wheeled robot on the Martian surface. It includes converting some of the Red Planet’s thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen.
A toaster-size, experimental instrument aboard Perseverance called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) accomplished the task. The test took place April 20, the 60th Martian day, or sol, since the mission landed on Feb. 18.
NASA started at the technical demonstration of the rover. It could pave the way for science fiction to become science fact. By and large, It can isolate and store oxygen on Mars in various conditions. To help power rockets that could lift astronauts off the planet’s surface.
Such devices also might one day provide breathable air for astronauts themselves. MOXIE is an exploration technology investigation. Above all, the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) weather station. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate is sponsring it.
Firstly, The unprecedented extraction of oxygen, literally out of thin air on Mars. This was achieved on Tuesday by an experimental device aboard Perseverance. A six-wheeled science rover landed on the Red Planet on February 18 after a seven-month journey from Earth.
In its first activation, the toaster-size instrument dubbed MOXIE, short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment produced about 5 grams of oxygen, equivalent to roughly 10 minutes’ worth breathing for an astronaut, NASA said.
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Although the initial output was modest, the feat marked the first experimental extraction of natural resources from the environment of another planet for direct use by humans.
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“MOXIE isn’t just the first instrument to produce oxygen on another world,” Trudy Kortes, director of technology demonstrations within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said in a statement. She called it the first technology of its kind to help future missions “live off the land” of another planet.
“This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s space technology mission directorate.
The technology demonstration took place on April 20. It’s hoped future versions of the experimental instrument could pave the way for future human exploration.
Not only can the process produce oxygen for future astronauts to breathe, but it could make hauling vast amounts of oxygen over from Earth to use as rocket propellant for the return journey unnecessary.
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Astronauts living and working on Mars would require perhaps one metric ton of oxygen between them to last an entire year, Hecht said.
MOXIE is designed to generate up to 10 grams per hour as a proof of concept, and scientists plan to run the machine at least another nine times over the next two years under different conditions and speeds, NASA said.
The first oxygen conversion run came a day after NASA achieved the historic first controlled powered flight of an aircraft on another planet with a successful takeoff and landing of a miniature robot helicopter on Mars.
Like MOXIE, the twin-rotor chopper dubbed Ingenuity hitched a ride to Mars with Perseverance, whose primary mission is to search for fossilized traces of ancient microbes that may have flourished on Mars billions of years ago.