One of the most important resources necessary for a human presence on the Moon is oxygen. The Moon contains abundant amounts of oxygen in its soil, and extraction of oxygen from lunar soil has been demonstrated in Earth-based facilities using samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions. However, the production of oxygen on the Moon using lunar raw materials has not been demonstrated. Demonstration of oxygen production on the Moon would be a major stepping stone toward the establishment of a permanent lunar base.
This primary objective of this unmanned mission will be the placement of a small oxygen production plant on the lunar surface and the subsequent production of oxygen on the surface of the Moon using lunar soil as the raw materials for the oxygen plant.
The specifications for this mission have been developed by a team of graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin. Their assigned tasks were (1) to explore mission design possibilities, (2) to develop preliminary system and subsystem requirements for the spacecraft, and (3) to identify technical hurdles in obtaining lunar resources.
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