A team of NASA scientists seems to have developed a method of generating missile fuel from Mars soil. The invention could be beneficial for future missions to Mars, since in theory they will not need to carry the return fuel on their journey to the Red Planet.
The new robotic plant is expected to extract water from the interior of the planet and, with the electrolysis method, convert the liquid to hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen will then be combined with carbon in the planet’s atmosphere to produce methane that can be used as a fuel.
KERT LECHT, head of the NASA team, says there are a lot of technical issues that need to be solved in order to succeed.
“Recent measurements by the NSAA show that such a system would need to produce about 7 tonnes of liquid methane and 22 tonnes of liquid oxygen in 16 months,” Lech said