Mars Perseverance Rover Extracts First Oxygen from soil of the Red Planet

A few days ago, NASA did a virtually impossible thing by flying a helicopter on Mars. This time Perseverance averaged another incredible feat. This six-wheeled rover produces oxygen from carbon dioxide in the red planet’s soil. Scientists are very happy. They claim that this success will prove to be a milestone for future astronauts.

This is the first time that oxygen production from carbon dioxide has been possible on Earth, but this is the first time it has been possible on another planet. And the real craftsman of this success is a golden box the size of a car battery. Its name is ‘Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment’ i.e. Moxy.

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Mars Perseverance Rover Extracts First Oxygen from soil of the Red Planet
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This small device, placed in front of the rover, was able to produce 5 grams of oxygen by dissolving carbon dioxide with the help of electricity and chemicals. By the way, with that amount of oxygen, you can breathe for tens of minutes under normal conditions. After the success on April 20, Moxi will continue to experiment. For the time being, he has to give 10 grams of oxygen per lakh hours. Incidentally, not only oxygen but also carbon monoxide has been produced.

It is to be noted that Perseverance touched the ground of the red planet on 18 February. This is the first time it has been possible to record the sound of Mars, courtesy of him. However, one of the best success came last Monday. This is the first time a helicopter has been seen flying in the sky of another planet.

NASA scientists and staff have been overwhelmed by the success of the US space agency’s helicopter ingenuity. This NASA helicopter can be seen flying about 10 feet above the surface of Mars. Not only does it fly in the sky, but it can also be seen slowly descending to the ground. Needless to say, Moxie’s success then became a new feather in NASA’s crown.


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