Scientists claim that the Moon has enough oxygen to support the entire population of the Earth for 100,000 years

07/04/2022
Credit image: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
Credit image: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 07 April 2022, at 12:29 pm Los Angeles time

According to a new study by scientists, the Moon would have enough oxygen to support the lives of 8 billion people (about how many of us are now on Earth) for 100,000 years.

Most of the oxygen on the Moon is "hidden" in and under the rocks above its surface. Also on Earth, oxygen can be found in many minerals and rocks that we can find on the Moon.

For example, silica, aluminum, and iron and magnesium oxides are found almost everywhere on the Moon.

These minerals on the moon contain oxygen, but why is there no life on the Moon if there is so much oxygen?

Well, the "hidden" oxygen in these minerals is not in a form that (at least) our lungs cannot access. Thus, if oxygen cannot be removed from the surface of the Moon and cannot be transformed into a form that we can breathe, we will never be able to live naturally on the Moon.

However, the latest technologies are making great strides, and we can hope that one day we will be able to get oxygen out of the Moon's surface so that we can breathe on the Moon.

The regolith of the Moon has approx. 45% oxygen.

Well, referring to a possible life on the moon for humans, it's possible. At least artificially, with oxygen brought from Earth, yes, we can survive.

But if we could extract the oxygen hidden beneath the Moon's surface, we could live there for many years.

Each cubic meter (35 sq ft) of regolith contains approx. 1.4 tons of minerals and 630 kilograms of oxygen. According to NASA researchers who have shown that the average person needs 800 grams of oxygen per day, we can easily calculate how much oxygen we would get from the Moon.

Assuming that the average depth of the regolith is about 10 meters and we will extract oxygen by the most efficient method, then it would be enough to keep alive almost 8 billion people (as we are on Earth now) for 100,000 years.

Awesome, isn't it?

We hope that we will have the necessary technology to live on the Moon, but until then, we will be glad that the Earth has much more oxygen than the Moon and that we will be able to live a lot on this planet.

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