Mars went “robot tree”, which will engage in production of oxygen

July 30 from Cape Canaveral to Mars went the rocket with the Rover Perseverance. The Rover will take to the Red planet, a whole set of advanced equipment, including high resolution cameras and the first Martian helicopter.

Many of these tools are designed to explore the possibility of colonization of Mars by humans. For example, Perseverance will bring to the surface the device is the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE), which will attempt to extract oxygen from the local atmosphere.

Oxygen is a serious problem for space missions – it takes a lot of place and it is unlikely colonists will ever be able to deliver on Mars sufficient stock. And that’s not to mention the fact that the oxygen is the oxidant and fuel needed during the flight itself.

This problem is intended to solve MOXIE. It is a small robot that, like a tree collect carbon dioxide, and then electrochemically separates molecules on co (carbon monoxide) and atomic oxygen, which then collects into breathable O2.

The purity obtained in this way oxygen is 99.6 %. MOXIE produces both gas back into the atmosphere, future models will guide O2 tanks in storage. Carbon monoxide in this case is not an issue because the volumes are extremely small, and part of it subsequently unite with atmospheric oxygen, again turning into CO2.

MOXIE will produce oxygen and to measure various parameters of this process throughout the mission Perseverance. And he began this task immediately after the landing of the Rover on Mars 18 Feb 2021.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Physicists have learned to turn plastic bottles in supercapacitors

Scientists from the University of California, riverside have developed a technology to produce components for supercapacitors from regular waste. We are talking about polyethylene terephthalate or PET, which is made most of plastic bottles. This material is from an economic point of view is significantly superior to high-tech raw materials, like graphene or carbon nanotubes. […]

Looks like a screwdriver of the XXI century

Recently Techcult wrote about the drill of the XXI century with a touchscreen and lasers. But the screwdriver is traditionally considered to be more simple, reliable and very straightforward tool. What similar high-tech screwdriver advanced Italian production? And it is similar to the Kinetic device Driver. Kinetic Driver designed by the Italian designer Giacomo Di […]

Our Solar system is most similar to space croissant

The sun emits powerful electromagnetic winds that envelop the planet in our solar system like a giant bubble. This magnetic bubble is called the heliosphere and protects the planet from dangerous space radiation. Scientists have long believed that the heliosphere is in the form of a comet – with a distinct nose and long flowing […]

Some homemade masks turned out to be more dangerous than no

Despite the fact that the industry has recovered from the shock of the first days of the pandemic COVID-19 and now produces enough facial masks of different types, most people in the world due to various reasons use homemade versions. Everyone understands that they are less effective than professional medical model, but the question is: […]