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Cooking Up Water From the Moon? NASA Studies Water Extraction With Microwaves
10.19.09
 
Steve Roy
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.
256-544-6162
steven.e.roy@nasa.gov

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Dr. Ed Ethridge holds his “moon in a bottle” experiment in his lab at the Marshall Center. > Large (2100 x 1543, 300 ppi)
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Dr. Ed Ethridge holds his “moon in a bottle” experiment in his lab at the Marshall Center. Ethridge and his team have successfully extracted water from simulated lunar soil using a standard one-kilowatt microwave oven. His research is opening new doors of opportunity to harvest water from the moon to sustain life and produce rocket propellant for future lunar missions. (NASA/MSFC)

Using multi-physics modeling tools, NASA scientists can predict the absorption of microwave energy into the simulated lunar soil as well as the temperature distribution. > Large (869 x 627, 72 ppi)
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Using multi-physics modeling tools, NASA scientists can predict the absorption of microwave energy into the simulated lunar soil as well as the temperature distribution. (NASA)

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