May 18, 2022

Oxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocks

Oxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocks
Oxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocksOxygen and water for lunar explorers can be extracted from moon rocks
A landscape view of the surface of the moon

These moon rocks could be a source of water for future astronauts

NASA Johnson

Future lunar explorers may be able to wring water from a stone. A prototype device has extracted water and oxygen from artificial moon dust efficiently and autonomously.

About half of the soil on the moon is made of silicon or iron oxides, which are rich in oxygen. Michèle Lavagna at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy and her colleagues built and tested a device to extract that oxygen. Lavagna presented this work at a virtual meeting …