Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

Florida Poly students identify new way to create oxygen in space

 Florida Politics

Florida Polytechnic University researchers are working on a breakthrough technology that could simplify the way oxygen is created for such travel. 

Student researchers and faculty are exploring ways to use algae to capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The technology would simplify the current process and make it less costly.

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium-funded research uses diatoms — a form of algae invisible to the naked eye — to increase efficiency in solar cells to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide.

Currently astronauts use separate systems: One to capture the carbon and the other to produce oxygen.  

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