• NASA's Perseverance rover has produced pure oxygen on Mars

    24 days ago - By Technology Review

    NASA's Perseverance rover has successfully generated breathable oxygen on Mars. The demonstration, carried out by the rover's MOXIE instrument on April 20, could lay the groundwork for helping future astronauts establish a sustainable colony on the planet.
    What's MOXIE and how does it work? Short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, it's a toaster-size device that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through a process called solid oxide electrolysis. Martian air is drawn into the device through a filter, and a mechanical pump compresses it down to Earth-like settings...
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  • Mars has right ingredients for present-day microbial life beneath its surface, study finds

    24 days ago - By Phys.org

    As NASA's Perseverance rover begins its search for ancient life on the surface of Mars, a new study suggests that the Martian subsurface might be a good place to look for possible present-day life on the Red Planet.
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  • Perseverance Rover Extracts Breathable Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere

    Perseverance Rover Extracts Breathable Oxygen From Martian Atmosphere

    24 days ago - By ExtremeTech

    NASA designed the Perseverance rover to make history, and it's done plenty of that since arriving on Mars several months ago. The most recent breakthrough comes thanks to the rover's Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment. NASA reports MOXIE has successfully started up and produced breathable oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. This has the potential to change how we explore Mars and the rest of the solar system. MOXIE is just one of several technology demonstrations that rode to Mars with Perseverance. The most notable of these demos is Ingenuity, which recently made history...
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  • NASA Perseverance rover pulls breathable oxygen from air on Mars - CNET

    24 days ago - By CNET

    A golden, toaster-size device pulls oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, which is about 96% carbon dioxide.
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