NASA's Perseverance rover has made history by generating enough oxygen on Mars to support an astronaut for three hours using the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) device, a groundbreaking achievement in space exploration.
Over the course of two years following its landing on Mars in February 2021, the MOXIE device diligently and periodically converted the planet's abundant carbon dioxide into life-sustaining oxygen.
NASA reported that the microwave-sized MOXIE device has successfully generated 4.3 ounces (equivalent to 122 grams) of oxygen. This amount, though seemingly small, is equivalent to what a small dog breathes over a ten-hour span. This accomplishment has ignited hope among scientists that one day, human life could be sustained on the harsh Martian terrain.
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