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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Michael Hecht, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Oxygen on Mars, MOXIE instrument on the Perseverance Rover, terraforming Mars timeline, O2 on Mars for colonization
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John Batchelor and I welcomed DR. MICHAEL HECHT, PI of MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment), which is on the Perseverance Rover. Michael described MOXIE, told us how it worked, compared it to a fuel cell and electrolysis. We talked with our guest about scaling MOXIE up for humans on Mars, rocket launches, even beneath the surface Martian settlements. Our guest described the MOXIE strategy for when humans are on Mars, making a three year supply of O2 prior to their arrival and the goal for MOXIE. When asked how much O2 MOXIE could make in a day, he said it was more of a function of the power. He described their current constraints on power but said if they had 1,000watts of power, they would easily be able to make sufficient O2 for humans coming to Mars. Don't miss all of what he said on this issue, scaling MOXIE up plus some of the other questions asked of our guest.
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