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ESA selects team to mine oxygen on Moon

Winning team will use proven research to develop "air plants" Metal Tech News – March 16, 2022

 

Last updated 7/12/2022 at 1:57pm

NASA ESA European Space Agency oxygen mining space Moon air plant Thales Alenia

European Space Agency

The left image shows a pile of simulated lunar soil, while the right is the same pile after essentially all the oxygen has been extracted from it, leaving a mixture of metal alloys.

Following a competition launched by the European Space Agency, it has selected Thales Alenia Space to design and build the first experimental payload to mine oxygen from the surface of the Moon.

Tasked with producing a small piece of equipment that will evaluate the prospect of building larger lunar plants to extract propellant for spacecraft and breathable air for astronauts – as well as met...



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