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Fraser
2009-Aug-11, 07:00 PM
br clear = all>We are perhaps one step closer to being able to live on the Moon. A new device developed by scientists in Cambridge, UK, can extract oxygen from Moon rock. This technology would be extremely important for creating a lunar bases for long term habitation, or using the Moon as a [...]

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SolusLupus
2009-Aug-11, 07:03 PM
In their tests, Fray and his team used a simulated lunar rock called JSC-1, developed by NASA. Fray anticipates that three reactors, each a meter high, would be enough to generate a tonne of oxygen per year on the Moon

A tonne of oxygen per year? How much does the average human breathe per year?

sohh_fly
2009-Aug-11, 08:21 PM
I smell a moon base sooner rather than later or later if not sooner.

marsbug
2009-Aug-12, 02:38 PM
From this wiki answers page (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_oxygen_do_you_breathe_in_each_year) about 2 tons. Thats how much passes through your lungs, however from how stuff works we have this page (http://health.howstuffworks.com/question98.htm), which suggests we only consume 1/4 of the oxygen that passes through our lungs, so going off these very very crude numbers three of these devices could support two people. However its not clear in the article if we are using metric or imperial tons, and I'm not sure how much to read into the different spellings...

timb
2009-Aug-12, 11:43 PM
And how many ton(nes) does the machine plus the generator for the large amount of energy it uses weigh?

Gsquare
2009-Aug-13, 02:36 AM
br clear = all>We are perhaps one step closer to being able to live on the Moon. A new device developed by scientists in Cambridge, UK, can extract oxygen from Moon rock. This technology would be extremely important for creating a lunar bases for long term habitation, or using the Moon as a [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/08/11/new-device-extracts-oxygen-from-moon-rocks/)

Wow; awesome invention....grinding up the moon to get oxygen ....Well there goes the beautiful lunar landscape .... I'm sure the 'greenie' conservation guys aren't gonna be happy. :D

G^2