Creating Rocket Fuel Using Lunar Soil Becomes Possible

Creating Rocket Fuel Using Lunar Soil Becomes Possible

If humanity can’t go to the Moon yet, why not bring the Moon to Earth? That’s what Chinese scientists seemed to have gotten in mind when they used soil from our natural satellite to develop rocket fuel. Of course, humanity has already been to the Moon, but the last time it happened was in 1972. 

Samples of lunar soil were found to be capable of acting as a catalyst for obtaining methane and oxygen from water and carbon dioxide from the bodies of astronauts. 

The exploitation of lunar soil is crucial for future missions to the Moon

NASA plans to return humans to the Moon during the upcoming Artemis mission. The exploitation of lunar soil can be in their best interest someday. 

Lead author Yujie Xiong explains as quotes:

In situ resource utilization of lunar soil to achieve extraterrestrial fuel and oxygen production is vital for the human to carry out Moon exploitation missions. Considering that there are limited human resources at extraterrestrial sites, we proposed to employ the robotic system to perform the whole electrocatalytic CO2 conversion system setup.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) provided lunar soil for research, and the sample number is CE5C0400.

The Artemis mission is scheduled to launch in 2025, and it consists of sending a man and a woman to the Moon. If all goes according to the plan, the next phase is sending the first astronaut to lay foot on Mars, the neighboring planet where astronomers hope to build a new home for us one day.

The last time humanity laid foot on our natural satellite happened during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, meaning half a century ago.

The new study was published in National Science Review.

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