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Extraction and Capture of Water from Martian Soil

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Conceptual drawing of direct water extraction from Mars soil.
The plan is to build and test in a relevant environment several concepts for extracting and capturing water moisture from a simulated Mars soil. We will include tests on both bound water and hydrated minerals. Specific objectives include: Demonstrate the feasibility of novel concepts to extract water from the martian soil Measure energy required to liberate the bound water and water from hydrated minerals Demonstrate the feasibility of low-complexity capture of released water Measure the efficiency of water extraction and capture in continuous process that does not require regolith seals. More »

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