According to the space agency, the method may later allow “obtaining and storing oxygen on Mars.”
Specialists of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States (NASA) for the first time received oxygen from the atmosphere of Mars using a device installed onboard the Perseverance planetary rover. This is stated in a statement published on the website of the US Space Agency.
As follows from the document, on April 20, with the help of the MOXIE experimental installation, oxygen was obtained from the Martian atmosphere, the main component of which is carbon dioxide. NASA representatives noted that “the demonstration of this technology is just beginning.” As they stressed, this method could later allow for the ‘production and storage of oxygen on Mars,’ which would be useful for crewed flights to this planet. According to NASA, this could mean that “science fiction will become a reality.”
“Such devices may someday provide astronauts with breathable air,” the space agency said. He said that with the help of MOXIE, they have so far received “about 5 grams” of oxygen, which would be enough for one astronaut to breathe for about 10 minutes. It is assumed that with the help of MOXIE, you can get “up to 10 grams of oxygen per hour,” NASA said. “This is a vital first step in converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars,” said Jim Reiter, deputy director of NASA’s Science Office. “MOXIE still has a lot of work to do, but the results obtained in demonstrating this technology are auspicious because we are approaching our goal: one day to see people on Mars. Oxygen is not just what we breathe. Oxygen is important from the point of view of obtaining rocket fuel; in the future, researchers will need to extract fuel on Mars to return ho