Processing options for oxygen production from indigenous resources on Mars and on the Moon
AdvisorSridhar, K. R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis investigates various options for the production of oxygen from resources available locally on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon. A model for the Martian Oxygen Production Plant is proposed. The option of recycling the unreacted carbon dioxide is also considered. For oxygen production on the Moon, the proposed model utilizes the reduction of Lunar Ilmenite and the subsequent decomposition of carbon dioxide to yield oxygen. Mass and power estimates are made for the various components in the systems, both for the Lunar and Martian production facilities.