- MAIN JOB:To produce oxygen from the Martian carbon-dioxide atmosphere
- POWER:300 watts
- VOLUME:9.4 x 9.4 x 12.2 inches
(23.9 x 23.9 x 30.9 centimeters)
- OXYGEN PRODUCTION RATE:About 10 grams per hour
(About 0.022 pounds per hour)
- TIME:To produce oxygen from the carbon-dioxide (CO2) gas of the Martian atmosphere:About 2 hours
Operating Temp: 1472 degrees Fahrenheit
(800 degrees Celsius)
Did You Know?
Oxygen produced on Mars could help support the breathing air supply for human explorers.
MOXIE: The Story Behind the Name
MOXIE is a short, snappy name for a tool that helps lead to human footprints on Mars. It helps humans explore Mars by making OXygen. It works "In situ" (in place) on the Red Planet, and is an Experiment."
The word moxie means bold and adventurous, hardy and spirited! No one is sure, but the word may trace back to Native American place names for "dark water." In the late 1800s, people drank "Moxie," a tonic and later a soft drink. Because the drink claimed health benefits, people began using moxie to mean vitality and endurance. It surely endures in American vocabulary today! You can still drink Moxie in some old-time, nostalgic soda-pop shops today.