Mars ideal for oxygen and carbon monoxide production, suggests study

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New research suggests that the carbon-dioxide dense Martian atmosphere might be key to producing oxygen on the red planet.

Researchers believe that this abundant resource, combined with the cold Martian temperature and non-thermal plasma can produce oxygen and carbon monoxide.

Local production of these gases on Mars could, in theory, help sustain an outpost or even colony on the red planet, and help with the deeper exploration of the solar system.

The study was published in the journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology.

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1. Depiction of Martian atmosphere
2. Depiction of carbon dioxide being split into carbon monoxide and oxygen
3. Depiction of astronauts on Martian colony
4. Depiction of rockets flying on Martian colony

VOICEOVER (in English):

"96 percent of the Martian atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide."

"Researchers believe that this abundant resource, combined with the cold Martian temperature and non-thermal plasma can produce oxygen and carbon monoxide."

"Local production of these on Mars could, in theory, help sustain an outpost or even colony on the red planet and help with the deeper exploration of the solar system."

SOURCES: Plasma Sources Science and Technology, Sci-News, Mirror
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6595/aa8dcc
http://www.sci-news.com/physics/plasma-technology-oxygen-supply-mars-05340.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/mars-ideal-conditions-creating-life-11393724