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Australia plans lunar rover to help NASA find oxygen on moon

The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and NASA would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil

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Australia | NASA | moon

AP | PTI  |  Canberra  Last Updated at October 13, 2021 15:13 IST

has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for to take to the as early as 2026 in search of oxygen.

The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil, a government statement said. Oxygen extracted from the lunar surface would ultimately be used to sustain a human presence on the and support future missions to Mars.

Australian Space Agency deputy head Anthony Murfett said had been impressed by technology used to remotely control from 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) huge dump trucks that transport iron ore from mines in northwest

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the agreement would strengthen a relationship with related to space exploration that dates back more than 50 years.

The agreement depends on the rover meeting a range of conditions during its development.

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First Published: Wed, October 13 2021. 15:08 IST

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