Thursday, June 09, 2005

Extracting Oxygen From Lunar Regolith

Researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology are collaborating on a NASA-funded project to produce oxygen from the Moon's regolith.

Using the FFC Cambridge process, which utilizes the electrochemical reduction of metal oxides in a molten salt electrolyte. In addition to providing oxygen for life support, the process could be used to generate liquid oxygen for use as rocket fuel. In a typical composition, Oxygen accounts for as much as 85% by weight of rocket fuel.