The first experiment to produce oxygen on Mars, known as MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), has concluded successfully, surpassing NASA’s initial goals.
MOXIE, which is part of the Perseverance rover’s equipment, generated 122 grams of oxygen by converting carbon dioxide from Mars’ atmosphere.
During its peak efficiency, MOXIE produced 12 grams of oxygen per hour at 98% purity, doubling NASA’s expectations.
This breakthrough technology demonstrates the potential for future Mars missions to produce oxygen locally, supporting breathable air for astronauts and rocket fuel production for return trips to Earth.
Lessons learned from MOXIE will inform the development of full-scale systems for oxygen generation and storage on Mars.
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