New Delhi: A team of scientists working under the direction of a scientist of Indian origin has developed a new system. With this help, oxygen and hydrogen can be made from the salt water present on Mars. Scientists believe this system will bring strategic changes in space travel to Mars and beyond.
There have been indications of life on Mars in many studies. These things will draw more strength from this new system. According to the researchers, Mars is very cold. Despite this, the water does not freeze there. It is found that there may be a lot of salt (alkali) in the water there, which reduces its freezing temperature.
Efforts to keep fuel going
Scientists said that in order to convert a compound of water into oxygen and hydrogen with the help of electricity, the harvester must first be separated from the water. In such a difficult situation, with such a long and expensive process, it will be dangerous depending on the environment of Mars. The research team is led by Professor Vijay Ramani from the University of Washington, United States.
They tested this system against the conditions of Mars’ atmosphere at temperatures below minus 36 degrees Celsius.
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Production is possible on March
Scientist Vijay Ramani said that our electrolyser, which splits water into two liquids under the condition of Mars, will completely change the strategic calculation of the mission of Mars and beyond. This technology is also useful on Earth, where the ocean is a viable source of oxygen and fuel (hydrogen).
The researchers said that to stay on Mars temporarily, astronauts will have to produce certain requirements, including water and fuel.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover is currently traveling to Mars. He took with him such devices that will use high temperature electrolysis. However, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (Moxi) instrument sent by the rover will only produce oxygen by taking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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