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NASA’s Rover Is Taking a Tree-Like Device That Converts CO2 Into Oxygen to Mars

Crucially, Perseverance is equipped with a device called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE: an attempt to produce oxygen on a planet where it makes up less than 0.2 percent of the atmosphere. It then electrochemically splits the molecules into oxygen and carbon monoxide, and combines the oxygen molecules into O2. Then it releases both the breathable oxygen and the carbon monoxide back into the planet’s atmosphere.

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