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Can scientist devise a portable system that could help astronauts on Mars fuel up for their return trip using the atmosphere around them?.

Scientists are working on a portable system that could help astronauts on Mars fuel up for their return trip using the atmosphere around them.
Using atmospheric carbon dioxide and water from ice on and beneath the Martian surface, the University of California, Irvine scientists believe it would be possible to create methane, which could then be used as the rocket fuel that carries them home, according to Space.com. The work is still in the proof-of-concept stage, but if it holds up it could make long-distance space travel considerably more realistic.
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Kravenhead
I think we have to do something like this.
If we don't, our spacecraft will be burdened with carrying so much fuel that there would be limited space for everything else.
We'll have to do something similar for permanent bases as well.
It just isn't practical to transport fuel from Earth to other planets.
I'm confident we'll work something out, though.

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philosopher
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Kravenhead
9 day(s) ago
I totally agree.

philosopher
9 day(s) ago
We need this.

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