Instruments on the Mars 2020 rover (Image: NASA)
Michael Hecht of MIT's Haystack Observatory (mage: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
Michael Hecht will lead development of the MOXIE instrument (mage: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)
The Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to launch in July, 2020 (Image: NASA)
Subsystems on the MOXIE instrument (Image: NASA)
Oxygen is such an abundant resource on Earth that we rarely think about it unless we get locked in a cupboard. However, for space engineers, the question of how to get enough of the vital gas is constant, frustrating problem. To help future explorers of the Red Planet get enough oxygen for life support and powering spacecraft, NASA has included MIT’s MOXIE experiment on the Mars 2020 mission to study how to make oxygen out of the Martian atmosphere.
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