Oxygen on the Moon
Breaking news! Latest discovery! Best discovery of the year! Scientists and researchers have discovered enough oxygen on the surface of our moon for the next 100,000 years for billions of people. That would mean we could live on the moon.
Why, though, do astronauts wear special suits when they go to the moon, and why hasn't anything been known so far?
This is a fascinating discovery and like any fascinating discovery, it has its secrets. The oxygen on the moon does not physically exist there. It can be created on the surface of the Moon with the help of the Moon, theoretically, the Moon could produce oxygen.
And why hasn't he done it yet?
Not known. Many believe that oxygen could be generated even before this discovery. Nobody cares much now why the Moon could not generate oxygen and could not create various processes to help generate oxygen. What we are all focused on is the fact that no man knows how to do it, even if the Moon did not know. The Australian space agency and NASA have signed a contract, most likely somewhere in October. Many have not known anything about this contract so far, because NASA did not give details. The contract is about sending an Australian rover to the moon through NASA's Artemis mission. NASA accepted the offer. The Australian space agency said they want to collect rocks from the moon to produce oxygen.
After all, where is this oxygen?
The oxygen on the moon is hidden in the rocks. The moon has a very thin layer that envelops it. As a kind of atmosphere for the Earth, only it is extremely thin and incomparable in size with the atmosphere. Thus, oxygen is not in the gaseous state as it should be, for humans and other creatures to live well on the moon. Oxygen is in rocks, in minerals. The "atmosphere" layer of the Moon contains only hydrogen, neon, and argon, so as oxygen is not there, it is "trapped" in a rock cover called regolith. This regolith covers the surface of the Moon. And, the moon's regulation has over 45% of its oxygen. So if oxygen were extracted from it, according to NASA calculations, there would be enough oxygen there to live billions of people and animals for the next 100,000 years.
Okay, and how do we extract oxygen?
If we were on Earth, very easy. We have practically all the necessary materials, costumes, massive equipment needed. Instead, there is the Moon, and the biggest challenge is to take all this equipment and astronauts from Earth to the Moon. It is not yet known how, but it is clear that everyone wants this.
Also, the Belgian startup Space Applications Services announced that it will build three experimental reactors to obtain the process of oxygen extraction by electrolysis and will take them to the Moon by 2025, through an ESA (European space agency) mission.
We wish everyone success for this mission. Other details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 15 November 2021, at 09:01 am Los Angeles time
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