The following is an excerpt from ARISTOS GEORGIOU | July 11, 2018 | Newsweek.com |
Researchers have developed a new technique that can split water in near-zero gravity to produce oxygen and hydrogen in a process powered by light.
The method, which is described in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, has the potential to make long-distance space travel viable in the future, providing both hydrogen fuel to power various technologies and breathable oxygen for astronauts.
Space agencies and private companies are already planning to put humans on Mars in the coming decades, while manned missions beyond the Red Planet may not be too far from reality.
However, long-distance space travel presents a number of challenges, including how to transport enough oxygen and fuel—issues which the new technology may be able to address.
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