Scientists use magnets to produce oxygen in Space. Accordingly, magnets attract bubbles of gas to one place where they fuse together. And, where there is no or less gravity, bubbles remain suspended in liquid form.
Now, heavy machinery on the international space station will use centrifugal force to force gases out. Researchers and scientists at the University of Warwick have proved how they can produce oxygen in microgravity with the help of magnets.
Scientists Use Magnets For Oxygen In Space
Researchers and Scientists say that the magnets attract bubbles of gas to one place where they fuse together. Accordingly, this can replace the heavy machinery. And, then, they use it to harvest the gas in the low gravity of space.
However, there is no natural buoyancy in space. Interestingly, this is the primary issue that the recent magnet experiments solve.
As a matter of fact, gas bubbles from liquid naturally rise to the top. But, where there is a lack of gravity, bubbles remain suspended in the liquid form.
NASA To Work On Microgravity
NASA has its certain objectives in Space like trips to Mars and other planets. Accordingly, a recent study showed that existing systems were not feasible to carry on long-term missions.
In order to solve the problem, experts at the Centre for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Germany, are working on it. Thus, they have studied how magnets could be used to separate gas from liquid.
Moreover, they tested different types of liquids. And, the study concluded that a simple neodymium magnet would be enough to pull out gas in microgravity.
The study has been published in a Nature-affiliated journal, NPJ Microgravity.