NASA states: “We’re going to try and make Oxygen from the atmosphere on Mars.” And NASA wants to do so with their next—Mars 2020 Rover.
NASA obviously has MASSIVE plans for the red planet.
While we are still a far away from actually sending humans to the surface of Mars, NASA seems to be already paving the way for human colonization.
To put man safely on Mars, and create an eventual Martian colony, the American space agency needs to overcome quite a few obstacles.
According to reports, NASA aims to use Mars’ own atmopshere—Yup, Mars has an atmopshere—in order to produce oxygen when it lands its 2020 rover, according to Robert Lightfoot, acting NASA chief administrator
Among the agencies numerous plans, it wants to bring bugs—ok not bugs but microbes—to Mars using an MIT device referred to as MOXIE. These microorganisms would have one goal only: produce oxygen on the surface of the red planet and harvest it for breathing.
In an interview with Futurism, Lightfoot said: “The next lander that is going to Mars, Mars 2020, has an experiment where we are going to try and actually generate oxygen out of the atmosphere on Mars that’s for human capability down the road.”
Creating oxygen on Mars is something NASA has thought for quite some time. In fact, the idea was coined in 2014 when the agency first revealed its Mars 2020 rover.
But is it possible to create oxygen on a distant planet? According to NASA, yes, and they’ll want to use the MOXIE—aka Mars Oxygen In situ resource utilization Experiment—as the ultimate tool. MOXIE is a big deal actually, as it was selected from 58 instrument proposals submitted by different research teams from around the world….
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