In another extraterrestrial first for NASA, on its latest mission, it has converted carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen.
- It was the first experimental extraction of a natural resource from the environment of another planet for direct use by humans
- The instrument works through electrolysis, which uses extreme heat to separate oxygen atoms from molecules of carbon dioxide
- Oxygen exists on Mars in negligible trace amounts. But an abundant supply is considered critical…