NASA just made oxygen on Mars out of thin air.
It’s the first time we’ve ever done this on another planet and it could be the key to making humans a multiplanetary species.
Terraforming the Red Planet just got one step closer.
First, we landed rovers on Mars.
Then we launched the Mars ingenuity helicopter.
And now we’ve created oxygen on Mars for the very first time.
It’s all thanks to a high tech instrument known as Moxie Short for the Mars oxygen in-situ resource utilization experiment.
It’s a piece of machinery the size of a toaster built into the body of the perseverance rover.
It was designed to take carbon dioxide found in-situ in the Martian atmosphere and convert it into oxygen.
And now two months into its mission with perseverance it succeeded.
It managed to create about 5 grams of oxygen which is about enough to sustain a Martian astronauts for…
Source CNET Tech