“The growing list of “firsts” for Perseverance, NASA’s newest six-wheeled robot on the Martian surface, includes converting some of the Red Planet’s thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen,” the statement says.
The test took place on April 20. The experimental instrument aboard Perseverance MOXIE accomplished the task. MOXIE’s oxygen production was quite modest – about 5 grams, equivalent to about 10 minutes worth of breathable oxygen for an astronaut.
NASA has assured that this discovery will help to provide astronauts with breathable air in the future. Even though Mars’ atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide.
As it was reported earlier, National Aeronautics and Space Administration has revealed the first data on weather conditions on the Red Planet after the landing of the Perseverance rover in the Jezero Crater.