Australia to develop lunar rover that will extract oxygen from Moon's surface

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The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and Nasa would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil.
As the race to the moon becomes tighter and countries come close to launching long term missions to the lunar surface, Australia is the latest entrant. Australia has announced a rover to be sent on the Moon with the Artemis mission that will collect lunar regolith, which contains oxygen (in the form of oxides).

The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and Nasa would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil, a government statement said. Oxygen extracted from the lunar surface would ultimately be used to sustain a human presence on the moon and support future missions to Mars.

For Nasa, the Australian rover provides a complementary capability. While the lander that delivers the rover will include a mechanism for collecting lunar soil and depositing it into Nasa's ISRU system, the rover offers a second means of collection and increases the overall chances of a successful…
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