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  • In an unprecedented event, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extracted oxygen from the carbon dioxide from the thin Martian atmosphere. 

  • This extraction was achieved by MOXIE i.e. Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment.

  • MOXIE is carried on  Perseverance.

  • This is the first ever extraction of a natural resource from the environment of another planet.


  • Perseverance is a six-wheeled science rover.

  • It is the most advanced, most expensive and most sophisticated mobile laboratory which is being sent to Mars.

  • It has the potential of drilling and collecting core samples of the most promising rocks and soils, and setting them aside on the surface of Mars.

  • Landing Site of perseverance is Jezero Crater on mars.

  • It was launched in July of 2020.

  • It landed in february, 2021. 

  • Power Source

    • It utilises a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) which converts heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium (Plutonium Dioxide) into electricity.

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