NASA: Mars Soil Could Be Used As Rocket Fuel

NASA: Mars Soil Could Be Used As Rocket Fuel

We’ve been hearing about the mission to Mars since 2010. While they think it won’t happen until the early-2030’s, we know one teenager is already preparing. One of the difficult things about the Mars mission is carrying enough fuel to get back to Earth. As fuel is heavy, this has certainly posed a challenge. However, some researchers at NASA think they may have a solution.

The soil on Mars appears to contain trace amounts of water and so it may be possible to separate the molecules and produce Hydrogen and Oxygen. Combine that with the Carbon in the planet’s atmosphere and they have everything they need to make methane. NASA believes they could deliver robots to the red planet ahead of a manned mission so the methane is already being produced when the astronauts arrive. The idea has merit.

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