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  • Microbes to help develop Martian rocket bio-fuel on Red Planet

    Microbes to help develop Martian rocket bio-fuel on Red Planet

    That transportation is expensive: ferrying the needed 30 tonnes of methane and LOX is estimated to cost around $8 billion. To reduce this cost, NASA proposed using chemical catalysis to convert Martian CO2 into LOX, but this still requires methane to be transported from Earth.

    October 29, 2021
  • Martian subsurface has ingredients for present-day microbial life

    Martian subsurface has ingredients for present-day microbial life

    "The big implication here for subsurface exploration science is that wherever you have groundwater on Mars, there's a good chance that you have enough chemical energy to support subsurface microbial life,"

    April 24, 2021
  • NASA’s Mars rover extracts first oxygen from Red Planet

    NASA’s Mars rover extracts first oxygen from Red Planet

    "Oxygen isn't just the stuff we breathe. Rocket propellant depends on oxygen, and future explorers will depend on producing propellant on Mars to make the trip home," Reuters said.

    April 22, 2021
  • NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Red Planet

    NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter touches down on Red Planet

    "#MarsHelicopter touchdown confirmed! Its 293 million mile (471 million km) journey aboard @NASAPersevere ended with the final drop of 4 inches (10 cm) from the rover's belly to the surface of Mars today," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, tweeted late on Saturday.

    April 5, 2021