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NASA Planning To Use Rover To Make Oxygen On Mars

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The $1.9 billion rover will include an experiment that will turn carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere into oxygen.NASA associate administrator Bill Gerstenmaier said the oxygen could then be used to make rocket fuel and for future astronauts to breathe. Taking fuel to Mars for return flights is heavy and expensive.

NASA also plans to collect interesting rocks, put them in sealed vials for future flights to pick them up and return them to Earth for detailed study.

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