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Data Organization for the MOXIE Oxygen-Producing Experiment on the Mars2020 Rover


Term:

Fall

Department:

16: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Faculty Supervisor:

Professor Jeffrey Hoffman

Faculty email:

jhoffma1@mit.edu

Apply by:

ASAP

Contact:

Dr. Michael Hecht (Associate Research Director, MIT Haystack Observatory) mhecht@haystack.mit.edu

Project Description

BACKGROUND: MOXIE, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, is one of the payloads currently being carried to Mars on NASA’s Perseverance rover. It was developed by MIT and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to demonstrate, for the first time, In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies on another planet by extracting O2 from CO2 in the Martian atmosphere using solid oxide electrolysis (SOE). MOXIE is a prototype version of a much larger system that could produce enough oxygen to support a crew of astronauts on Mars. MIT News Article about MOXIE: http://news.mit.edu/2020/perseverance-and-little-moxie-mit-going-to-mars-0729. 2. DATA ORGANIZATION: The MOXIE team has a tremendous backlog of technical notes and emails that need to be categorized and organized. MOXIE personnel will provide guidance. This UROP may be particularly suited for a first-year student with good organizational skills and patience. This UROP can be done remotely. Direct Supervisors: Michael Hecht, John McLean

Pre-requisites

This UROP may be particularly suited for a first-year student with good organizational skills and patience.