In early June, MOXIE ran for 58 minutes and produced 12 grams of oxygen during the run. An electrolysis cell containing solid oxide is placed in the device, due to the decomposition of carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into oxygen ions and carbon monoxide. Oxygen is neutralized and a mixture of other gases is released into the atmosphere.

In May, MOXIE produced 10.5 grams of oxygen per hour, and last year’s biggest result was 6-8 grams per hour.

The next task of the scientists is to find out how the device will behave when it is operated in high efficiency mode for too long, or if it is turned off for a long time. The device, which has been operating intermittently since 2021 since Perseverance’s landing on Mars, has worked for a total of 1083 minutes so far and produced 106 grams of oxygen.

Source: Ferra

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