How Moon Dust Could Yield Oxygen, Fuel and Water

How Moon Dust Could Yield Oxygen, Fuel and Water
SCARAB will carry a drill specifically designed to penetrate the harsh lunar soil and an on-board lab for small-scale oxygen production. (Image credit: NASA/PISCES/UH Hilo)

On Hawaii?s Mauna Kea volcano, which rises more than 13,000 feet above

Recently, a team of scientists working for the Pacific

Representatives from four NASA space centers (Johnson,

The crew convened at a small campsite located at the bottom of

Strong winds had been gusting for days, reaching up to 45

"We know we have to do deal

Moon Tools

The type of dust that attracted the engineers to Hawaii is

A NASA-developed rover called SCARAB showed how a

Larger systems could produce oxygen from greater quantities

"We're trying to make the lunar outposts more

During this field test, a robotic excavator, similar in size

"It's one thing to test these instruments in the

Advanced Life Support

NASA's lunar exploration plan says that on-site lunar

Other concepts tested at the PISCES test site included a new

?We hope to make sure that we are not missing any process

The Canadian Space Agency is also contributing a utility

Frank Schowengerdt, director of PISCES, explains that the


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