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NASA’s Perseverance rover makes first oxygen on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover is known for creating history.

The robot has recently converted carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into oxygen, and this has occurred for the first time on any other planet other than the earth.

This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s space technology mission directorate.

The demonstration of the experiment took place on April 20, and it is desired that this experiment would pave the way for further explorations.

The procedure of producing oxygen would allow the upcoming astronauts to breathe, but it might make large amounts of oxygen over from the earth to use a rocket catalyst which would be needless for the returning journey.

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) is golden in color and is as big as a car battery; it is placed inside the forefront right side of the rover.

By making oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, about 96 percent of carbon dioxide gas would be a much more beneficial option rather than extracting ice and later electrolyzing it to produce oxygen.

Perseverance arrived on Mars on February 18 on an operation to explore for signs of the presence of microbial life on the planet.

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