The Martian rover Perseverance sets a new record for oxygen production on the Red Planet

GOLDEN, Colorado – Breathe easy: There’s good news from Mars.

Hidden inside NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is a device known as the MOXIE, short for Mars Oxygen In Situ Resource Utilization Experiment. MOXIE is the first experiment to suck in the planet’s thin, carbon dioxide-laden air and turn that native resource into oxygen. The toaster-sized device, if built on a larger scale, could be used not only for astronaut shipments to Mars for breathing, but also for rocket fuel.

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