Does Moon have oxygen? Here’s what scientists say

Does Moon have oxygen? Here's what scientists say
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As per a new study, the moon’s top layer has enough oxygen to sustain eight billion people for 100,000 years.

A report by the Australian website The Conversation highlights that the top layer of rocks on the Moon which is known as regolith is made up of approximately 45 per cent oxygen.

The report which was published on November 10 states that there is plenty of oxygen on the Moon, the earth’s only natural satellite. But it is not in gaseous form.

The Moon does have an atmosphere but it is very thin and composed mostly of hydrogen, neon and argon.

It is not that kind of gaseous mixture that could sustain oxygen-dependent mammals such as humans.

In October 2021, Australian Space Agency signed a deal with NASA to send a rover to the Moon.

This will collect the lunar rocks that could provide breathable oxygen. The Conversation report further states that oxygen can be found in many minerals in the ground around us. The Moon is majorly made up of the same rocks that are found on planet Earth.

“Minerals such as silica, aluminium, and iron and magnesium oxides are richly found in the Moon’s landscape.

All of these minerals contain oxygen, but not in a form our lungs can access.

The report suggests that the Electrolysis technique can be used to extract oxygen from silica, aluminium, iron and other minerals.

But in order to be sustainable, it has to be supported by solar energy on any other sources of energy on the Moon.

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