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Rod Pyle ... Taking Flight and Making Oxygen

Rod

Episode 1791

This week's space news from Rod Pyle is that the Mars Inspiration helicopter drone made its second flight this week, and the Mars Ingenuity rover made oxygen out of the Martian CO2 atmosphere. It's a tiny experiment to see how to create oxygen for a manned mission to Mars.  The experiment made enough O2 for an astronaut to breathe for 10 minutes. In the future, NASA will not only be able to create oxygen but rocket fuel from the Martian surface and store it for future missions.