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28 Jul 2015, 21:59 UTC <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qfAQvbzGlaQ/Vbf6q285jlI/AAAAAAAAwVw/XBXZ8qCZS-Q/s1600/image_preview.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="Asteroid Ida with its moon Dactyl. Credit: LANL" border="0" height="324" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qfAQvbzGlaQ/Vbf6q285jlI/AAAAAAAAwVw/XBXZ8qCZS-Q/s640/image_preview.jpg" title="Asteroid Ida with its moon Dactyl. Credit: LANL" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><div style="text-align: justify;">A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is cooking up something new in the lab – baking meteorites to learn how to produce water and other easily evaporated compounds from asteroids. Dr. Leslie Gertsch, an associate professor of geological engineering at Missouri S&amp;T, hopes to find a sustainable way for near-Earth objects (NEOs) like asteroids and comets to produce consumable materials in space instead of pushing them up from the Earth’s surface.<a name="more"></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">To investigate the possibility of this industrialization for space travel, Gertsch heats real and artificial meteorites in a vacuum chamber to simulate the conditions of space. When gases are released from the samples, they are collected and analyzed.</div><div style="text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: justify;">“This is one of the processes called in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) – collecting resources from NEOs, or the moon or Mars, and making useful things like spacecraft fuels and propellants,” says Gertsch. “Some NEOs contain up to 22 percent water ...
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