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NASA: Moon rocks provide enough oxygen for 8 billion people on Earth for 100,000 years


Sunday, December 5, 2021 08:00 AM (GMT+7)

NASA hopes to suck up oxygen trapped in the rocks on the Moon and believes that this oxygen source is enough to supply 8 billion people on Earth for 100,000 years, according to the Daily Star.

NASA says that moon rocks can provide enough oxygen for 8 billion people on Earth for 100,000 years

Contrary to popular belief, although the Moon’s atmosphere is very thin, there is a lot of oxygen present on Earth’s satellites. However, oxygen is not in the gaseous form.

Instead, the oxygen is trapped in the rock and fine dust covering the Moon’s surface known as the regolith.

NASA believes that if they can suck oxygen from this topsoil, then the Moon could potentially become a significant source of life support for humans.

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A large amount of oxygen is thought to be trapped in the Moon rock.

Now NASA has partnered with the Australian Space Agency to send an Australian-made rover to the moon to collect lunar rocks, The Sun reported.

The surface of the Moon has a lot of oxygen trapped in the form of oxides of silicon, aluminum, iron and magnesium while the topsoil has 45% oxygen.

What needs to be done now is to break down the minerals that make up the Moon rock to release oxygen. Scientists plan to use solar energy on the Moon to solve this problem.

NASA believes that if we can harness that oxygen, the Moon could provide life-supporting oxygen for humans on Earth for about 100,000 years.

The Moon rocks are still being collected through NASA’s Artemis mission and used for further research until they figure out how to efficiently mine them.

Source: https://tienphong.vn/nasa-da-mat-trang-cung-cap-du-oxy-cho-8-ty-nguoi-trai-dat-trong-100-000-nam…

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