NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover obtains first oxygen sample

Source : 112 Ukraine

The researchers were able to get about five grams of oxygen
12:15, 22 April 2021


The Perseverance rover, which NASA launched on Mars last July, was able to obtain oxygen from the Red Planet's atmosphere. The press service of NASA reported this.

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“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.

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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. 

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