Extracting Oxygen from the Moon


On the moon, oxygen is present in the form of chemical compounds with elements such as iron and silicon. Under the Artemis programme, the Australian Space Agency is all set to build a 20kg semi-autonomous lunar rover for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA. This rover will be sent to the moon around 2026 and will help NASA extract oxygen from the soil on the moon, which is present as lunar regolith— broken rock and dust. 

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