NASA has produced oxygen on the surface of Mars for the first time

The MOXIE experiment was carried to Mars by NASA’s Perseverance rover

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A NASA experiment on Mars has turned some of the Red Planet’s tenuous, toxic atmosphere into oxygen. The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) landed on Mars with the Perseverance rover on 18 February and has now completed its first test.

The atmosphere on Mars is mostly made of carbon dioxide. It is also 100 times thinner than Earth’s atmosphere, so even if it did have a similar composition to the air here, humans would be unable to breathe it to survive. If we ever send astronauts to explore Mars, they will have to bring…



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