ESA starts an oxygen plant to produce oxygen using Moon dust

20-Mar-2020
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European Space Agency has opened an oxygen plant to produce oxygen out of Moon dust.
45 per cent of Moon dust (regolith) is oxygen according to weight.
Involves heating regolith with a salt up to 950 degrees Celsius and then passing a current through it.
Process allows oxygen to be extracted and the rest to be converted in to metal alloys.
Technology needs to be adjusted before it's ready for use in the harsh environment of the Moon.
Part of European Space Agency's plan to send people to live on the Moon in the years to come.
Need access to oxygen to breathe and create rocket fuel for travelling in order to live on the Moon.

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Mentioned in this article:

Resource Alexandre Meurisse - Internal Research Fellow: Lunar In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) at ESA

Resource Beth Lomax - Researcher - lunar in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU)

Resource European Space Agency - An organisation dedicated to the exploration of space peacefully

Resource Tommaso Ghidini - Head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division

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