LOS ANGELES – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully managed to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen on Mars, using nothing but the local atmosphere of the planet and the experimental device aboard Perseverance, their latest science rover that landed on the planet on the 18th February.

The rover managed to produce 5 grams worth of breathable oxygen through electrolysis, which is heating carbon dioxide enough to separate the oxygen atoms from the molecule. The modest amount is enough for 10 minutes’ worth of breathing for an average astronaut, but the process is a historical achievement where the natural resource of another planet was converted for direct consumption by humans.

This remarkable accomplishment can be used in the future to allow humans to colonize Mars as well use it as a necessary ingredient for rocket fuel, however the progress to perform such a feat will take a considerably long amount of time.