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Moon-exploring astronauts could get oxygen and fuel from lunar rocks

Scientists at Nanjing University believe they can use compounds found in lunar soil to locally produce oxygen and fuel to support crewed moon missions.

The team analyzed lunar samples collected by China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft in late 2020 and found that iron-rich and titanium-rich substances present in the moon material could act as a catalyst in a process using sunlight and carbon dioxide.

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