MOXIE installation on Mars rover Perseverance
NASA/JPL-Caltech By the end of 2021, the MIT-led MOXIE project was able to produce oxygen on seven experimental runs.

Haystack-led MOXIE experiment reliably produces oxygen on Mars

September 9, 2022
Categories: Jason SooHoo , Michael Hecht , Space Technology
MOXIE has successfully produced oxygen on seven experimental runs

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, better known as MOXIE, has successfully produced oxygen on seven experimental runs. As published in Science Advances this month, MOXIE runs included a range of conditions and across Martian seasons.

The target rate of of 6 grams of oxygen per hour achieved by MOXIE is equivalent to that of a medium-sized tree on Earth.

“We have learned a tremendous amount that will inform future systems at a larger scale,” says Michael Hecht, principal investigator of the MOXIE mission at MIT Haystack Observatory.

For more on MOXIE, please see the full article on MIT News, as well as stories in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and others listed on MIT News.