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NASA's toaster-sized device can make oxygen on Mars

By Pranshu Verma

01 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

NASA is working on a plan to send explorers to Mars as early as next decade. The Washington Post reports on a fascinating invention that will help make it possible.

If humans want to explore Mars in the future, they'll need to create oxygen. Now, a small device the size of a toaster is on the planet doing just that.

In a study released this week in the journal Science Advances, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment - known as MOXIE - can make oxygen from carbon dioxide, abundant in Mars' atmosphere.

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