NASA is drawing up plans to send another rover to Mars in 2020 as a sequel to Curiosity. One of the instruments that will be strapped onto it sounds like a science-fictional bling.
M.O.X.I.E. is a technology that will take in the thin, toxic Martian air, and generate oxygen from the carbon dioxide it in. Not only will it pave the way for a life-support infrastructure to sustain a future human colony on Mars, but it’ll also prove very useful in helping make fuel to enable a spacecraft to take off from Mars.