Oxygen Found In Moon Dust Gives Hope For Life Support

January 13, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – New researching being conducted by NASA, and the Pacific International Space Center for Explorative Systems (PISCES), has given scientists hope that oxygen may be able to be produced from the moon’s dust.

The dust was found to have had half of it’s content made up of oxygen particles, which is also found in the moon’s rocks. If the tests being conducted are successful, it may provide active life support from a location we once thought of as completely desolate, boosting efforts to create the first fully functional moon base.

“We want to produce oxygen, but we also want to extract oxygen from the regolith so that we can combine it with what’s left of the residual hydrogen from the descent tanks and make water,” explained NASA researcher, Tom Simon.

“Our goal is to never send a tank of oxygen or a tank of water to the moon.“

These experiments are a joint effort between American, Canadian, and German agencies, and is hoped to provide results before the beginning construction of the planned moon space center NASA is hoping to have completed and staffed by the year 2024.


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