NASA's "Tree" to Mars with Perseverance: MOXIE


Perseverance, NASA's new Mars vehicle, also takes a remarkable device to the red planet. This tool will take carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen like plants.

The Mars vehicle Perseverance, which was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on July 30, brings remarkable equipment. The best known of this equipment were the devices that would provide high-quality images and the first interplanetary helicopter to be used.


On the other hand, none of these devices are the newest equipment the surface tool carries. The most prominent candidate for this title is equipment called MOXIE. Technically, this device will perform the function of a tree in an atmospheric balance on Mars.


A mechanical tree on Mars


NASA's MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment) tool, which NASA sent to Mars with Perseverance, will take carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to increase the planet's oxygen's atmosphere at only 0.2%.


Oxygen stands out as an element that plays a critical role in space exploration. A large amount of oxygen is needed for humans to survive on Mars, but this element is not the only use.


Oxygen is also used as a fuel in space studies. Stored oxygen constitutes the bulk of the load on the shuttles. It seems unlikely that astronauts will even bring enough oxygen to stay on Mars.


Special design for Mars


Although the MOXIE does not resemble a tree in type, it takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere like a tree and separates it into carbon monoxide and oxygen. It then allows the binary bonding of independent oxygen atoms and releases them back into the atmosphere.


MOXIE, a concept design, will have a very, very insignificant effect on the Martian atmosphere. Instead, the vehicle's purpose is to lead future studies and pave the way for versions to accumulate oxygen for astronauts and cars. The MOXIE can currently produce up to 10 grams of oxygen per hour. This means that when it works for 24 hours, it can produce enough oxygen for 1.5 days for a person.

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