The LUNAR rock from the surface of the Moon could prove that the natural satellite can provide oxygen for all 8 billion people on Earth.
NASA is said to have signed an agreement with the Australian Space Agency to send an Australian-made rover to the moon back in October to collect lunar rocks.
There is plenty of oxygen on the Moon, although its atmosphere is very thin, it is not gaseous. The moon’s oxygen is trapped in the rock and fine dust covering the surface known as regolith.
If oxygen from the regolith can be extracted, it could very well support human life.
Oxygen can be found in a variety of minerals in the ground. Silicon, aluminum, iron and magnesium oxides are commonly found on the Moon.
Most of these minerals come from the impact of meteorites hitting the lunar surface, and they contain oxygen but not in a way that is accessible to our lungs.
Regolith is made up of about 45% oxygen bound to the minerals of the Moon. Links can be broken because energy needs to be backed up by solar or other sources that may be available on the Moon.
To do this, the solid metal oxide would have to be converted to a liquid form, which is possible on Earth but the instrument would have to be transported to the Moon with enough energy to run it.
If we could somehow harness that oxygen, it’s very possible that the Moon could provide oxygen to everyone on Earth for about 100,000 years.
It all depends on how efficiently oxygen can be extracted and this is only an approximation.
For now, the rocks are still being collected through NASA’s Artemis mission and used for further research.
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