Scientists claim that a lunar solide might produce Oxygen and provide a fuel for long-term human bases on the moon

Scientists claim that a lunar solide might produce Oxygen and provide a fuel for long-term human bas ...

While scientists around the world are studying the Moon to develop a sustainable human presence, experts from China have claimed that the lunar soil on the Moon has the potential to generate oxygen and fuel. These findings suggest that soil on the lunar surface may be used to generate hydrogen and methane, which can feed equipment and dwell on the Moon. They also suggest that we have a breathable atmosphere in our nearest celestial neighbour.

There has already been a renewed interest in exploring the Moon, with several missions planned to land on the lunar surface in the future. In fact, NASA is attempting to return astronauts to the Moon once more under its Artemis mission. China also has adopted such ambitions.

In a research published in the journal Joule, Chinese scientists proposed to construct a system that utilizes lunar soil and solar radiation to produce oxygen and carbon dioxide. It was also called the extraterrestrial photosynthesis technique.

After analysing the lunar soil brought back by China''s Chang''e 5 spacecraft, Yingfang Yao and Zhigang Zou found that the sample contained compounds, including iron-rich and titanium-rich chemicals, that could serve as a catalyst to produce oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Other sources have claimed that the proposed system will produce hydrocarbons, such as methane, which might be used as fuel. The researchers said that the strategy employs no external energy, but sunlight.

Several approaches have been previously proposed to maintain a long-term human presence on the Moon, but almost all of them require energy sources to be transported there from Earth. This strategy increases the cost of extraterrestrial survival significantly.

During China''s future crewed Moon missions, Chinese researchers say they are attempting to analyze the system.